What’s a game? What’s a sport?
How would you explain the differences?
This short piece from 1843 gives us a little background about the word “sport” as opposed to “game”. It explains that bridge (a card game) has been declared a sport, not just a game, by the European Council of Justice.
It made me think of a scene in a movie called “What Women Want” (Japanese title: ハート・オブ・ウーマン). The main characters work for an advertising agency and they’re making a commercial for Nike. Here’s the clip:
Here’s another clip that shows a bit more background. The premise of this rather silly movie is that the man (played by Mel Gibson) can read women’s minds. IMDb calls it a “romantic fantasy comedy” and it plays with the idea of stereotypical “macho” men and the women who have to deal with blatant gender inequality at work.
This is a short advertisement/visual travelogue/vlog (video log) for the “Diamond Route” in northern Japan: Ibaraki, Tochigi and Fukushima prefectures. What do you think? Especially those of you who are from that area. Does it represent your home prefecture accurately?
It’s very much of a mini-movie, isn’t it? Definitely influenced by Hollywood-style “samurai movies”. It was a bit dizzying, too.
Here’s another in the series:
I like this one better because of all the food. 🍜
See more here.
Creative project: What kind of tourist ad or vlog would you make for your hometown? Your university? Tokyo or Kyoto or another city? Japan in general?
A Japanese insurance company replacing workers with AI was in the news a week or so ago:
“Japanese insurance firm replaces 34 staff with AI” (from BBC)
And then there’s the hotel in Kyushu (within the Huis Ten Bosch theme park) where 90% of the workers are robots:
These stories reminded me of one man’s quest to fight automated advertisement e-mails. I don’t recommend dealing with your frustrations the same way, but he sure is funny:
This is a “two birds with one stone” remedy to at least a couple of issues facing Japan today.
I haven’t heard the term “parasite singles” in the news recently, maybe because it’s rather insulting (here are a few more examples)?
Here are a few articles about young (and even older) adults who live with their parents:
Some related topics:
- “I don’t” (from the Economist) — this is about how many Japanese people these days find it hard to marry and the effects on society and the economy
I kept thinking of this song when I was trying to decide a title for this post: the original Coke ad from 1971, the popularity of which led to this song which dropped the Coke reference, and the “Mad Men” version of the ad from 2012