Thursday, April 1, 2010


Anyone who’s spent time in Japan knows that the TV variety shows are a rollicking collection of hilarity. Typically, a TV personality or comedian plays host to a revolving cadre of celebrities, who serve as "peanut gallery" commentators. Feats of unparalleled human achievement are favored topics.

This one combines two of Japan’s great passions: Samurai swordplay for the traditionalists, and baseball for the modernists. As you’ll bear witness in the clip below, the swordsman bisects a pitched baseball. (Check out the reaction of the host in the red blazer!)

baseball samurai
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