Eating on Japanese TV
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On today’s show, two women are off to a place on the Sea of Japan called
There is usually not so much to see when one goes into the countryside, so they fill up the air time with people eating.
To the untrained eye, this morning’s show looks a bit like something out of “The Fear Factor”. They have been down to the local fish market and put all manner of raw slimy things in their mouths, swallowed and then made “The Face”.
“The Face”, is one of the ways the announcers express exactly how wonderful the food tastes, so it looks kind of like the person is having an orgasm in their mouth. This is most often accompanied by a drawn out exclamation of “Oooiiiishiiiiii” and sometimes rolling around on the floor or doing a dance on the spot. Then they give a description of how it tastes and just as important – how it feels in the mouth. Did you know that slimy is a good “feeling”?– along with gluey. Can you remember the last time you ate something “slimy” deliberately?
One of my favourite eating shows was the “Dochi no Ryori Show” or “Which Dish Show”, where they bring in two chefs who make the same kind of dish but in their own way. All of the ingredients are top class costing hundreds of dollars. There is an audience of TV talent that watches, drools, groans and moans with ecstasy just watching these chefs work their magic. At the end the TV talent people vote for which one they want to eat. The people who vote for the dish that gets the most votes get to eat it…the other suckers have to stand around and watch – queue moans of pain, while the others eat- queue “The face” and more orgasmic type groaning.
Anyone who still hasn’t adjusted to Japanese food would wonder why food generates such excitement – you would think they haven’t eaten for a week. But now I completely get this excitement and when my husband and I watch these shows we regularly moan and groan along with the presenters – mostly because we know we will never be able to afford to eat any of it.