Saturday, February 25, 2012

Turning Very Japanese

My co-author Kerry Candaele, who contributes to this blog from time to time (and made three trips to Japan, as described in our book), sends this along: "I don't know how to explain this. Needless to say, there is a village idiot, French New Wave influences, rural and seasonal symbolism, simple absurdity and tongue in cheek, and whatever else you would like to add. My Beethoven Ninth expert in Japan reports the following: 'You have to know about Japanese jokes, and this is in a way a little gag video about the village fool who has no idea what he is singing about but brings joy anyway by singing Beethoven's Ninth to these villagers. The guy who plays this village fool is a very famous and popular rock'n roll figure in Japan, Hiroto Koumoto.' Rock 'n Roll and foolishness, a long and honorable tradition.

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