"Seriously, it’s all food, food, food. People eating food, answering questions about food, sometimes even just pointing at food and laughing. It’s as they’ve only just discovered food and are perpetually astonished by its very existence. Imagine watching an endless episode of The One Show with the colour and brightness turned up to 11, where all the guests have been given amphetamines, the screen is peppered with random subtitles, and every 10 seconds it cuts to a close-up shot of a bowl of noodles for no apparent reason. That’s 90% of Japanese TV right there."
This quickie column on Japan by Charlie Brooker contains a bit of the usual “Japan is so weird” business, but it’s funny and worth reading. Especially good is the bit about Japanese TV being dreadfully boring despite its reputation abroad (based entirely on decades-old out-of-context clips, by the way)
Seriously though, the highlight of tonight’s TV schedule is Japanese “celebrities” eating at Burger King until they determine which are the most popular items on the menu. I am looking forward to this. Send help.