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Photo Comicaze: Adverts from Japan

Big is big in Japan


Tommy Lee Boss


Lost in Translation: The Photographer wanted an ‘Acapella’ group for the shoot – they sent ‘A Coppola’.


They really wanted the rugged guy from ‘Titanic’ – but Billy Zane was already booked.

Mr. Beam

Roam About Mike was butt-sore when he found out Condomania didn’t have any Condos for sale.


So he bought a traditional Japanese house with his best friend (and his wife).


Photo by Mr. Daniel K. Sakamoto

Colonel means ‘Dragon Radar’ in Japanese.


The Father and Son Raccoon dog duo were greatly contented when human hands got caught in the door pocket.


Funky Monkey Babys'[sic] new album was panned by critics, but spun by the band’s management as the “Last Best” album of the year.


First Wirst!

After the lawsuit, penguins and roller-skating robots were once again permitted on the subway together.


Lee submitted his final version of ‘Obama with Dog’. He thought he nailed it. He didn’t.


For one fleeting moment, Mary was so high on Mushrooms, it created an all-consuming black hole in her mouth.


And when she came down, she felt…different.


Very different.


39 Comments Post a comment
  1. danielks #

    Still laughing while commenting. Man, I wish I had your commentary on Japanese ads with me all the time. Like a “Mike’s walking tour of Tokyo advertising” or something.

    May 28, 2013
    • We need to make this happen! I could be your surrogate, like Super Dave, only shorter.

      May 28, 2013
  2. Entertaining post as usual. :-)

    May 28, 2013
    • Thank you thank you.
      Here’s a commercial with Tommy Lee Jones (for Boss Coffee)

      May 28, 2013
      • What the … oh my goodness! So funny in its weirdness. Kafkaesque :-D

        May 28, 2013
  3. I love me some Engrish. Where else can penguins and roller skating robots live in such harmony?

    May 28, 2013
    • Finland?
      Not positive, but I want to say Finland.

      May 28, 2013
  4. LOL what a riot.

    May 28, 2013
  5. Nathaniel Hahn #

    This is simply hilarious…Love the Funky Monkey Babys…OMG need that album stat! Sharing this on FB NOW!

    May 28, 2013
    • Thanks, dude! You might want to listen to Funky Monkey Babys before buying…touted as a “hip-hop” group, but really, straight j-pop aka eye-gouging-pop.
      Thanks for the share.

      May 28, 2013
  6. I think Lee just got the title wrong, “Obama In Drag,” would nail it. Great collection of hilarity, Mike, both the ads and the commentary! And I love that you and your friend were comfortable enough to share your bathhouse pic, looks like something out of Bukach In Wonderland.

    May 28, 2013
    • Haha! Yes, Obama in drag would be much better.
      Thanks, Laura.
      That was our pre-bathhouse robing – we both took the blue pill, or was it the red pill?

      May 28, 2013
      • Mike, please tell me you’re too young and virile for the blue pill…..

        May 28, 2013
  7. Now I finally understand what that raccoon family is doing in my backyard — they are patiently waiting for me to get my hand stuck in the door so that they can point and laugh. Thanks Tokyo!

    May 28, 2013
    • It’s what they do, conniving bastards!
      When your hand is stuck in the door, they’ll rob you. It’s what they did to me – true story.

      Thanks, PinotNinja

      May 28, 2013
  8. Funky Monkey Baby is funking terrifying and will no doubt give me funking nightmares. Funk!

    May 28, 2013
    • I’m funking sorry, Mike. I had to share the funk with the world.

      May 28, 2013
      • Funk the world!

        May 28, 2013
        • You take it back! (unless this is an album from Parliament Funkadelic, then keep it)

          May 29, 2013
  9. free penny press #

    Can you go back and steal that Leo one for me? I’ll pay you..of course :-)

    May 29, 2013
    • I would definitely do that for you, Lynne. He looks pretty badass, and scruffy…

      May 30, 2013
      • free penny press #


        May 30, 2013
  10. LOL! Condomania? Oh my god. And Funky Monkey Babys? Hilarious!

    None of this surprises me, actually.

    If you went to Taiwan or when you go to Vietnam, you’ll find a lot fewer “foreign” faces in ads, even celebrities.

    May 29, 2013
  11. Your captions here are priceless, in Yen or in Dollars.

    May 30, 2013
    • Thank you, Madame. I guess I’m bi-exchangeable.

      May 31, 2013
  12. You gotta love the Japanese, right?

    May 30, 2013
  13. Quite odd!😂but funny!

    June 9, 2013
  14. i love the Monkey balaclavas… brilliant.

    September 9, 2013

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