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 YamamotoMona 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; IlmariOk, 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; LilicoSo 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.