Gaijin Smash

Of Fame and Umeboshi (TV Update)

Posted in Blog by gaijinsmashnet on November 9, 2009

Well, I’m gonna be on TV again.  Same bat-time, same bat-channel.

The last shoot I did, there were three skits I was in.  Last week only the first one aired.  So this week (er, tomorrow) the other two are going to air.  Tune in if you have access to Japanese TV.
In one of the skits I don’t actually have lines.  …I was supposed to have lines, but I didn’t get to say them.  Everyone sorta got carried away, and it wasn’t a skit where you could go back and re-do it.  Oh well.  Gives me a chance to work on my Barry White baritone voice for the next time.  If there is a next time.
Oh, and if you are reading this, thanks for finding your way back here!
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  1. Giovanni said, on November 9, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Looks like you`r a regular now πŸ˜€

  2. andrew said, on November 9, 2009 at 11:19 am

    πŸ™‚

  3. Moe said, on November 9, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    What are those lines they have you saying in the two skits in this video?
    http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTI1NDA2MDcy.html
    I can’t quite understand enough Japanese to figure out what you’re saying, but I guess I get the joke that it’s a very… useful… phrase.
    P.S. Gaijinsmash.net is working again.

  4. Rodney R said, on November 9, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Glad to hear you are making your way up on TV!
    Anyway, I thought I’d let you know that it automatically redirects to this website when you type http://www.gaijinsmash.net so its all good πŸ™‚

  5. aaml4everfc said, on November 9, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Someone’s got to keep up with this show online and post links whenever possible.
    We’ll see if there’s any progress with Az’s baritone training ^^
    I whole heartedly wish you good luck, Ive got the same problem.

  6. will said, on November 9, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    “Daiso de utteru deshou!”
    =D

  7. Anonymous said, on November 9, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Record this too!

  8. Poop said, on November 9, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    ‘You should be able to buy it on Daiso’? What’s Daiso?

  9. AnonymousCoward said, on November 10, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Az, you can become the David Hasselhoff of the music industry. Hasselhoff has a huge music career in Europe but absolutely nothing in the US.

  10. Bebio said, on November 10, 2009 at 2:38 am

    ah, I am finally living in Japan, and I definitely want to check this out! life really does have weird twists…
    remember, just have fun! if you can get rid of fame, while keeping the money, you will do fine πŸ™‚

  11. Michael said, on November 10, 2009 at 3:09 am

    thanks for the blog post – i’ve always enjoyed reading your blog.

  12. Moe said, on November 10, 2009 at 6:48 am

    No, Az was in two skits. In the first one they have him say:
    γ„γ£γŸγ‚“ζŒγ‘εΈ°γ‚ŠγΎγ™γ‚
    Whatever that means…

  13. Canuk said, on November 10, 2009 at 7:16 am

    Can someone on the outpost nine message board approve of my account? I’ve waited for like a week now. The member accounts name is Canuk.

  14. Xas said, on November 10, 2009 at 7:27 am

    SMASH THEM !!!! On live !

  15. Anonymous said, on November 10, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Baritone is mid range between bass and tenor. If I’m not mistaken, Barry White was renowned for his low range. Making him a bass. If you want a manly voice, aim for bass. Though, I saw your clip and your voice sounded fine to me. Not too high, not too low.

  16. Anonymous said, on November 10, 2009 at 10:31 am

    you’re living the japanophile dream that so many of us try to reach for (you’re a famous gaijin!). we salute you, sir.

  17. Anonymous said, on November 10, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    I think γ„γ£γŸγ‚“ζŒγ‘εΈ°γ‚ŠγΎγ™γ‚ means something like “I will take it back(back home?) with me.”

  18. Zone36 said, on November 10, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Another classic Az performance tonight.
    They even gave you a focus shot as you tried to pour beer on that reporter. You should have aimed for the chest more.
    It’s funny this time you were the token black guy who hit’s homeruns for a championship team.

  19. ビールかけ said, on November 10, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Just saw you in tonight’s episode. I’m tempted to believe that was actual beer in that skit.
    Too bad there were no lines, but I think I heard a couple of your “Yeah”s and “Whoo”s.

  20. Canuk said, on November 10, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Someone needs to start approving of new members for the outpost nine message board. Having to wait for approval to have accounts activated is just stupid and stunts the growth of the message board. Admins need to start approving of accounts on the forum.
    Canuk

  21. code monkey said, on November 11, 2009 at 1:59 am

    Dude, you’re like a bigger and more dignified Chris Rock! Too bad I won’t be going to Japan anymore.

  22. Anonymous said, on November 11, 2009 at 3:31 am

    Not sure how to email directly without posting a comment via this boards comments, but I can explain how to either convert your recordings to something YouTube will accept, or explain how to upload it to a large file service like rapidshare, if you’d like.

  23. Vincent said, on November 11, 2009 at 3:58 am

    Wow, you got to work with Itao!
    Odd not seeing him with Downtown.

  24. https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawlUZipJVPdO2uSMvVQlOHBbE0CvQ-6ThSk said, on November 11, 2009 at 4:23 am

    hey az, have you ever considered twitter? it’ll be so much easier to follow your moves (being obsessed stalkers as we are) and have some sort of update on your life while we wait for new blogs? πŸ™‚ just a suggestion.
    hope everything’s ok with you though
    -Harris

  25. ZedPower said, on November 11, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Apparently Daiso is the Japanese equivalent of a dollar store: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daiso

  26. Anonymous said, on November 11, 2009 at 10:15 am

    does anyone have a link to the new skit?

  27. Azrael said, on November 11, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    …I know who you’re talking about, but that wasn’t Itao. Different guy. They do look a little alike though.

  28. hmoulding#ca4db said, on November 12, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Ittan mochikaerimasu means “I’ll return it presently.” Add the “wa” on the end, and they’re playing a naughty joke on male foreigners, because it makes them sound effeminate. Have a large black man saying that, and you can just see the yucks, right? (The general purpose sentence ending particle would be yo, or, for a guy trying to sound extra assertive, zo.)
    But I did think it was funny when they ended the skit by having Az walk off with the girl. “I’ll return her presently.” Heh. ^^

  29. hmoulding#ca4db said, on November 12, 2009 at 12:25 am

    Actually, “You should be able to sell that in the Daisō.” I don’t understand enough Japanese to be able to tell how that is funny in the skit, though. The finale, where Az hits the drum, daiko style, and exclaims, “You should be able to sell that in the Daisō!” is particularly mystifying. Oh well. Yoku dekimashita!

  30. Nakamura-san said, on November 12, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    FINALLY! It’s been awhile since I’ve read any new postings here. I was beginning to go through withdrawl…
    Congrats on the gigs! Hopefully, they will keep giving you spots and maybe give you something a little more permanent. If you do come across a link to your performance, please post it!

  31. Sean said, on November 12, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    So has Az’s skits been posted on youtube?

  32. laggedreaction said, on November 13, 2009 at 1:07 am

    Nope. Mochikaeru means to take it home(back) with you. When you order take out, you tell them mochikaeri desu.
    Also, the “wa” is Kansai-ben for “yo” and is used by males. Az lives in Kansai.

  33. laggedreaction said, on November 13, 2009 at 1:12 am

    Nope, it means “They sell that(those) at Daiso(the dollar store).”
    Also, it’s a “taiko”.

  34. John said, on November 13, 2009 at 2:58 am

    Don’t forget to get your rss feed up again.

  35. Ihmhi said, on November 13, 2009 at 8:17 am

    I plan on uploading this to YouTube with time-corrected sound and added subtitles (via YouTube Annotations, probably). Would someone be kind enough to translate the Japanese in Az’s sketch (not the phrase he constantly repeats, but rather the entire sketch)? My Nihongo is chou warui. d:
    Az, I’ll get you a copy of the video uploaded when it’s done. E-mail me.

  36. hmoulding#ca4db said, on November 13, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    >
    Cool! I didn’t know that. I suppose that’s part of the reason why Kansai Japanese dialect is supposed to sound funny to folks who’re not from there?

  37. Foodle Spane said, on November 14, 2009 at 5:46 am

    Hey, Azh. Just wanted to let you know that several embedded pics on your blogs aren’t, well, embedded anymore. I hope it gets addressed as you spruce up this blog.

  38. Tom Jones said, on November 14, 2009 at 7:05 am

    @ Ihmhi
    Sorry dude, cant help you out there. But its cool your going to do it. A few of us cant watch the video so we’re waiting on another source. Thanks alot man.

  39. jazzorion said, on November 14, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    I have a feeling this stint is gonna grow on you and you’re gonna be a regular very soon. Hey it’s a good opportunity though and maybe you can break the celebrity stereotype by staying normal (or as normal as you can be after years of living in Japan).

  40. Kylara said, on November 15, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Hey, I saw this article about the McRib coming back and I thought of you, because… I THINK you’re the blogger I read who really liked it.
    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/booster_shots/2009/11/the-mcrib-is-almost-back-now-lets-read-the-fine-print.html
    If not, I’m really sorry for spamming your blog.

  41. Sarah said, on November 15, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Could this be Az’s twitter? Anyone know for sure??
    http://twitter.com/search/users?q=gaijinsmash&category=people&source=users

  42. Tattri said, on November 15, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Looks like an account squatter to me…

  43. shibuyaluver said, on November 16, 2009 at 1:54 am

    OMG u’re gonna be famous how cool is that!! Whats the craziest fame experience you’ve been through so far?!! OMG

  44. Azrael said, on November 16, 2009 at 6:41 am

    Don’t have a Twitter, don’t plan on ever having one.

  45. b0mb3r said, on November 16, 2009 at 8:38 am

    I am a little confused. You help translate products on a web-shopping sites yes? How did you manage to get a tv skit? I don’t recall you ever doing one when I read your gaijin smash blogs.

  46. Laedi said, on November 16, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    sorry to correct you. I am from europe and Hasselhoff had!!! had!!!! a career in europe. but that is long gone, thank god.

  47. Troy said, on November 17, 2009 at 1:12 am

    “γ„γ£γŸγ‚“ζŒγ‘εΈ°γ‚ŠγΎγ™γ‚”



    first hit on google! WTG!

  48. caustiq said, on November 17, 2009 at 4:41 am

    Az, can you add an RSS or Atom feed to this blog please?

  49. Curtis Caged Penguin said, on November 17, 2009 at 7:14 am

    b0mb3r, you obviously haven’t been following very closely or else you’d know Az left the “ran by a prick shopping network”.
    Another FYI, For a while Az’s kept us a few months behind on his life. Now we’re current … finally.
    I wonder what the management of Samurai Chuto are gonna think when they see all this foreign web hits.
    http://www.mbs.jp/samurai/
    Write them guys and let them know we want more Az πŸ™‚

  50. raye said, on November 17, 2009 at 8:06 am

    @b0mb3r
    LOL! He quit that job ages ago!! I can tell you haven’t been reading all of the entries, lol! Anyways Az it will be interesting to see if you get any calls back from those guys to do more skits.

  51. natasha said, on November 17, 2009 at 9:25 am

    i’m a fan of your blog. reading it is always entertaining and inspiring, really. best wishes!

  52. γƒŸγƒ₯γƒΌ said, on November 17, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Glad to see you leave that old festering craphole, black is so hopelessly hard to read.
    I’d do logo/site design work for OP9. E-mail/PM me if you’re interested. If you’re going to go NP then no charge either, because I have freeloaded on this site for two years anyway and would like to see it with a good redesign.

  53. Conray said, on November 17, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Common misconception.
    Most Europeans see him only as that annoying wash up American.
    Those of us who know who he is, that is.

  54. Kiku said, on November 18, 2009 at 9:14 am

    so uve sold ur soul (and pride?) to the jap tv machine in the end…
    im somewhat disappointed =/

  55. Kiah said, on November 18, 2009 at 9:47 am

    http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/080483380X/ref=sib_rdr_dp
    ^^
    also, i heart everything you write.

  56. Random Gaijin said, on November 18, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    How the hell do you go from teaching in Jet to appearing on japanese tv? You got it better than i do man. I wish i had that kind of luck because nothing like this ever happens to me EVER!!! Can we trade places yo?!

  57. Anonymous said, on November 20, 2009 at 5:24 am

    You have pointed out before that God hates you, as well as the fact that Japanese television comes straight from hell. In short this means that… Satan works in mysterious ways.

  58. Anonymous said, on November 21, 2009 at 10:36 am

    How? Direct me please.

  59. akkun said, on November 21, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    az,
    hope you enjoyed pouring beer on that chick in the latest episode!

  60. Deity said, on November 22, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Az! You got the touch… You got the power! Yeah!

  61. randomreader said, on November 23, 2009 at 3:16 am

    On the Japanese Wiki-page of the show, you can even see on what episodes Az is, as his name is listed (eps 26, 29, 30). Wonder who added it… πŸ˜‰

  62. T said, on November 25, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    What a good idea! Congrats on the extra work, I hope it helps with your bills.

  63. Zolbrod said, on November 25, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Wow, you were on again last night!
    Go you!
    γƒ»γƒ»γƒ»γ§γ™γ‚ˆγ­ο½žww

  64. Anonymous said, on November 26, 2009 at 3:09 am

    Last week, I had just found out about this site, and began reading the entries from the beginning. I’ve finally finished, wooo!!. Anyway, I’m a college freshman right now, and reading this has confirmed my plan to apply to JET once I graduate. You are now my hero, Az.

  65. Kosetsu said, on November 27, 2009 at 1:32 am

    Wow. Sir, your voice really is that high-pitched.
    You… ARE getting paid for this, right? πŸ˜„ Do they have you on a contract now, or something?

  66. screamingfork said, on November 28, 2009 at 5:33 am

    There’s Daiso out here in the San Francisco Area.
    Congrats getting on tv Az, I can say this is the only “blog” I follow since I discovered it 4 years ago. And I’m glad to see you’re getting some fame.
    -Sfork

  67. Anonymous said, on November 29, 2009 at 3:21 am

    You’re voice is not that high (my boyfriend’s is higher). It sounds like a man-voice to me. But yay for being on tv! Also, yay for updates.

  68. Lyoto "Defeated" Machida said, on November 29, 2009 at 3:50 am

    Only karma can make you go through this… performing in a show that, for all intents and purposes, you’d never watch and enjoy, I mean. Then again, you’re a minor celebrity and you get paid for your work as a funny foreigner! That’s… something, I guess.

  69. Darla said, on November 29, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Hi! I watched a show you were in… very interesting! I live in Japan right now. I was in a movie that is coming out soon as an extra a few times… Hope to see you around!
    Ja ne. =)

  70. dasfonzie said, on November 29, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Can anyone tell me what the meanings are of the phrases he has to say in the skits?

  71. P1 said, on November 30, 2009 at 7:24 am

    dude, put it on youtube. I WANT TO SEEEEEEEE.

  72. Howdy said, on December 1, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    You should network with someone connected to the show to translate your blog (Japanese, of course)… and then unleash the address on the show. Maybe make a little scratch that way. Who knows how much of a recurring character you’ll be… try to caplitalize on this opportunity… I’m sure there are lots of Japanese viewers that would love to read about your story.


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