Sunday, August 22, 2010

We've got Lilico, look at what you got!

Among the Nordic countries, I think it's a well established fact that Sweden is the largest and the greatest country, making it's neighbors pale in comparison. Both Norway and Finland has a long history of blossoming under the benevolent rule of the Swedes and are just in the last hundred years struggling as independent countries, without the strong backbone of the Swedes supporting them.

So, it comes as no surprise then that this fact is also reflected in Japan its celebrities. As a person of half-Japanese descent, I keep close tabs on "half" (as they are called here in Japan) celebrities from the Nordic countries. Not that there's that many of them, but still. So, let's take a look at what we have here, shall we?

First we have our half-Norwegian celebrity; Mona Yamamoto
Mona has made her reputation, starting as a television announcer, but then branching out to a more general career as a home-wrecker and general gold-digger being involved in a few scandals with married men. Nowadays she seems to have made a bit of a recovery and somewhat managed to get rid of that image and is just generally making the rounds in the Japanese tv-shows as an overall "celebrity". Although quite pleasant to look at, she's really of no real significance, much like the country itself.

Then we have our half-Finnish celebrity; Ilmari
Ok, maybe it's a bit unfair to call this guy a "celebrity" since he's actually a musician in the popular Japanese shonan-rap group Rip Slyme. Maybe it's just me, but I have difficulties with the path that Japanese hip hop has taken and the general happy vibes that it gives of, judged on its own merits, maybe the music is good, but it's not for me. Apart from the musical stuff, his biggest claim to fame is probably getting married to that cute little Ebi-chan model girl.

Finally, we have our half-Swedish champion; Lilico
So it comes as no surprise that Sweden is the country that carries itself with the most dignity in this little comparison; Lilico is a tv personality and is probably most famous for leading the movie news segment in the popular Saturday morning show King's Brunch. Pretty much scandal free as well, though I always found it a bit odd that she speaks Japanese without any Swedish accent her English (heard when she interviews all those big name hollywood stars) has a noticeable Swedish accent.

What? What about the Danes and Icelanders you ask? Obviously they've got nothing, we're talking about real countries here and not just colonies.


ThePenguin said...

Personally I have always been skeptical about a nation whose inhabitants refer to themselves as a kind of root vegetable, but your post has convinced me of the awesomeness of Swede-kind even though you no longer drive on the left.

Mr. Salaryman said...

You bet! Besides, aren't there more Swedes in London now than Brits anyway?

Chris said...

I don't know what we (America) got. Probably some..."George Bush made me sad so I moved to another country to escape the tyranical rule of the oppressive United States" type??.

Please tell them we now have a Black man who seems kind and gentle and utterly ineffective. But he's black.

I actually hope they never return. They can spread that spineless "flight over flight" (they have no fight) DNA somewhere else.

Sorry Canada ;) But you fuckers got defeated by France. Or they just had your women and made you speak French. The East side anyway. Do they even have electricity on the western side of Canada?

Anyway, G.W.B is still secretly running the whole show so stay in your little canadian colonies and gather information dropped by airplane. There's NO WAY they have any landing strips west of Toronto.

Anonymous said...

Mona just got married

Mr. Salaryman said...

Chris - Well, you americans got something much, much worse... You've got that wavy hair Dave Spector dude...

Anonymous - Yep, that's been all over the news lately, but I think it's all a scam and just her trying to clean up her image!

aimlesswanderer said...

Are there any part Aussie "celebrities" (and I use that term extremely loosely as befits Japan). Off the top of my head I can't think of any who are well known (or known at all) over here.

Jonas said...

Well, we've got this little Danish-Japanese fella. With a bit more style than any of our fellow Nordic haafu, even your lovely Lilico!

One could imagine that Sweden would have been able to reach the same level of radness if only they had chosen not to leave the Nordic Union under their benevolent Danish kings.

Per said...

At least Norway wins for looks, just like the country.

Mr. Salaryman said...

Aimless - There must be tons of half-Aussie celebrities, artists and the like out there. No one comes to mind immediately but they're no doubt out there.

Jonas - Ok, Lego is cool, I give you Danes that. I've been to Legoland once and treasure that visit almost as much as the visit to Puroland.

Per - Yeah, she is quite pleasant to look at and better looking than Lilico, no denying that. But she seems to be a total ice queen, dry and dull, much like the country of Norway ;)

aimlesswanderer said...

If you can't think of any off hand they can't be very well known!

BiggerInJapan said...

I'll just leave *this* here

hah, your turn.

Clement said...

Let's not forget our french Christelle as Hafu French-Japanese ! ^_^

Kazemaru Yukawa-Bacon said...

Or our Swedish-Japanese hafu ;)

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