The cult of Japanese game shows has come to our shores as well as many other countries. quality=65&strip=all" alt="" title="gaki no tsukai logo" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-294506" (translates: “This is no task for kids! They are constantly bombarded with over-the-top pranks in an attempt to get them to laugh. Notice that they are all wearing absurd nurse uniforms as well.Such shows like Regularly the contestants on these game shows in Japan are what we would call “B-list celebrities” commonly dressed up in gag costumes and forced to do something horribly embarrassing. gaki no tsukai logo " data-medium-file="https://heavyeditorial.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/gaki-no-tsukai-logo.jpg? quality=65&strip=all&w=300" data-large-file="https://heavyeditorial.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/gaki-no-tsukai-logo.jpg? japanese-variety-show " data-medium-file="https://heavyeditorial.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/japanese-variety-show.jpg? quality=65&strip=all&w=300" data-large-file="https://heavyeditorial.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/japanese-variety-show.jpg? Their game shows are strange, off-the-wall, and at times a bit brutal, but always hilarious and entertaining. It has run since 1989 and in 2010 the show celebrated it’s 1,000th episode. One of the most popular segments of Tsukai is the Batsu Game (“Punishment Game”) involves the hosts partaking in a weekend-long game where they cannot laugh or else they are punished. quality=65&strip=all" alt="" title="japanese-variety-show" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-294531" Japan is known far and wide for their game shows.The creative brains behind reality shows as "Endurance," in which men in loincloths were dragged across stony fields by tractors, have dreamed up new ways to humiliate competitors and their ideas have been snapped up by foreign production companies.In "Love Aprons," female celebrities will have their skills in the kitchen critiqued by a group of men, while a good dose of back-stabbing is encouraged in "Rating the Stars" as famous panelists have to rank each other in a variety of areas.
Fuji Television is one of Japan’s largest television and film producers.How much will people do for a few dollars and fleeting television fame? No matter how stupid a game show's concept, you can be sure that there are folks eager to get on the series for their chance at winning prizes and cash on national television. The series, hosted by Jaleel White, is based on a game show from Denmark of the same name and same concept: Producers place contestants in pitch black rooms, where they must compete in challenges, smelling and feeling unidentified objects to try to guess what they are.It doesn't sound so bad, but since this is a form of reality television, the game loves to torture its contestants for the sake of the sadistic viewer—oftentimes, the contestant will be smelling another man's ass or feeling a gigantic spider.Other Japanese television stations have copied the Fuji format. Penn wrote in the Daily Yomiuri, the Japanese television industry “have tossed a rubbish barrel of programming at us and presided over a gross lowering of standards that has caused a whole new generation of viewers to be raised on a diet of the most vapid junk TV.Like junk food, it numbs the taste buds and after a while, one can no longer appreciate delicate flavors and more hearty, healthy fare.” Travel shows are common.
You've gotta wonder why people would continue to appear on a show that puts its contestants through so humiliation, but when the dollar signs are behind their eyes and the possibility of fame is blocking their vision, it's tough to see clearly.