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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Baseball Image of the Day: WHAT THE HELL?!?!?

This is the Mascot of the Hiroshima Carp.


Japan is a weird place.

Tomorrow: Spring Training

Gamingboy Posted: February 24, 2010 at 07:01 PM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: japan, special topics

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   1. Jim Furtado Posted: February 24, 2010 at 08:14 PM (#3467340)
Is that Dan Szymborski?
   2. SoSH U at work Posted: February 24, 2010 at 08:19 PM (#3467345)
Gee Davey, you sure have grown up.
   3. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: February 24, 2010 at 08:23 PM (#3467346)
I thought this was going to be a thread about me.

Anyway, you'd prefer a giant fish?
   4. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: February 24, 2010 at 08:24 PM (#3467350)
World's worst blow up doll?
   5. Harmon "Thread Killer" Microbrew Posted: February 24, 2010 at 08:32 PM (#3467361)
His tip looks rashy and swollen. . .
   6. The District Attorney Posted: February 24, 2010 at 08:35 PM (#3467366)
C'mon, guys, it was either this or Blinky.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 24, 2010 at 09:02 PM (#3467400)
Is that supposed to be Mariners farmhand Mike Carp?
   8. Jesus Luzardo Maraschino Posted: February 24, 2010 at 09:22 PM (#3467418)
If mine looked like that I'd have the same expression on my face.
   9. smileyy Posted: February 24, 2010 at 09:24 PM (#3467424)
Does it seem odd to anyone that a Japanese team adopted the Classic-Sports-C as used by the Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Reds, and no doubt other C-starting sports teams? I mean, it makes sense in some respects. In others, I'd expect to see Japan-native logos and concepts emerge.
   10. Dock Ellis Posted: February 24, 2010 at 10:40 PM (#3467509)
I find that mascot offensive to the Japanese.
   11. Francoeur Sans Gages (AlouGoodbye) Posted: February 24, 2010 at 11:06 PM (#3467523)
Reminds me of Tim Minchin.
   12. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: February 24, 2010 at 11:13 PM (#3467526)
They should have something normal, like Ribbie and Rhubarb.
   13. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: February 24, 2010 at 11:18 PM (#3467534)
C'mon, guys, it was either this or Blinky.


I was holding out hope for Mr. Sparkle. That's the old fishbulb!
   14. rr Posted: February 24, 2010 at 11:21 PM (#3467537)
This guy is really Turning Japanese in a big way.
   15. Walt Davis Posted: February 24, 2010 at 11:32 PM (#3467547)
Looks like the model for Pete Rose in that awful Reds mural we had early in the "pic of the day" series.
   16. rr Posted: February 24, 2010 at 11:35 PM (#3467549)
I think he looks more like the pictures of Greg Oden that were on-line.
   17. Walt Davis Posted: February 25, 2010 at 10:28 AM (#3467822)
I think he looks more like the pictures of Greg Oden that were on-line.

Or the recent Sammy Sosa.
   18. CFiJ Posted: February 25, 2010 at 01:26 PM (#3467854)
In others, I'd expect to see Japan-native logos and concepts emerge.
Actually, in the last 10 years or so, Japanese teams have gotten much more original. When I first arrived in 1998, the Tokyo Giants looked exactly like the 80s San Francisco Giants, the Carp looked just like the 80s Reds, and the Dragons looked just like the 80s Dodgers.
   19. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: February 25, 2010 at 01:29 PM (#3467856)
Does it seem odd to anyone that a Japanese team adopted the Classic-Sports-C as used by the Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Reds, and no doubt other C-starting sports teams?


One thing I've always found odd is how many Japanese teams seem to have their logos, original or not, done in the Latin alphabet. What percentage of people in Japan can read that alphabet?
   20. bunyon Posted: February 25, 2010 at 01:39 PM (#3467862)
This guy is really Turning Japanese in a big way.

Do you really think so?
   21. Greg K Posted: February 25, 2010 at 01:59 PM (#3467876)
Not really related at all, but I've just discovered Gaki no Tsukai in the past two weeks and absolutely love that show.

To our resident Japanese primates, is this representative of Japanese humour? or are they kind of odd balls?
Would I be considered a low brow boob for liking it?
   22. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: February 25, 2010 at 01:59 PM (#3467877)
What percentage of people in Japan can read that alphabet?

I'd guess that it's pretty high. I know it's a lot higher than the percentage of Americans who could recognize any Japanese script characters.
   23. Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: February 25, 2010 at 02:19 PM (#3467895)
I figured that was probably the case. It's true that in most countries more people can read English than can read foreign languages here. The alphabet was the thing that got me thinking, though.
   24. DL from MN Posted: February 25, 2010 at 02:32 PM (#3467906)
Booji Boy! Proof of Devo-lution.
   25. CFiJ Posted: February 25, 2010 at 03:24 PM (#3467960)
What percentage of people in Japan can read that alphabet?
Almost 100%. The alphabet is covered very early in elementary school, and specifically romanization (Japanese written in the Latin alphabet) is covered in the 4th grade. Tack on mandatory English classes in jr. high (mostly reading, rather than conversation), and just about everybody interested in baseball can read the logos and player names on the uniforms.
   26. CFiJ Posted: February 25, 2010 at 03:26 PM (#3467962)
To our resident Japanese primates, is this representative of Japanese humour? or are they kind of odd balls?
Would I be considered a low brow boob for liking it?
I'd say the dominant form of American humor is irony and satire, while the dominant form of comedy in Japan is slapstick. So, it's pretty representative, and you'd be thought no more low brow than if you liked the typical American/Canadian/British sitcom.

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