3 Absurd Japanese April Fools' Day Videos
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This year is no exception and Japankyo already covered one such video released by Japanese satellite broadcaster WOWOW, which you can check out here. If more such videos are released, Japankyo will be sure to cover those too, however, in this article we're going to take a look back at some examples of amusing Japanese April Fools' Day videos from years past. Although you may have seen one or two of these already, there's probably at least one that you haven't, so let's get started.
Google Japan's Magic Hand
Released for April Fools' Day 2014 by Google Japan, this video is a fake advertisement for a smartphone device called the Magic Hand. This fake hand connected to a joystick allows you to input text into your phone in what seems to be a very impractical way. It is specifically intended to help people with "Flick input," which is a way of inputting Japanese text that involves flicking the on-screen keys rather than tapping them.
Nissan, Nissin and Nissen's Flying Noodle News Report
Released for April Fools' Day last year, this confusing English-language 'news report' is the result of a team-up between three Japanese companies with very similar names, car manufacturer Nissan, mail-order retailer Nissen and instant noodle maker Nissin Foods.
The flying instant noodle 'craft' in the video is referred to as an USO rather than a UFO (uso means "a lie" in Japanese). This is why the flying noodle bowl is also referred to as an Unidentified Lying Object. Japan sure does love puns.
Animax's TEBURAKUCHIN Smartphone Holder
Released for April Fools' Day 2015 by the anime television channel Animax, this is also an advertisement for an impractical smartphone device.
Called the Teburakuchin, this unique smartphone holder is supposed to help you watch all the anime you want without your arms ever getting tired. The name of this device, is a combination of two Japanese words, tebura, which means no-hands/without using hands, and rakuchin, which means easy/pleasant.
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And that brings us to the end of the list, but if you'd like some more wacky April Fools' Day content check out these other articles
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3 Absurd Japanese April Fools' Day Videos Reviewed by Japankyo on 3/31/2017 10:50:00 AM Rating: