Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Deluxe Version!

Ok, the humour of this post might not be that obvious to those who are not following Japanese pop culture and the latest fads and celebrities. One of the latest "hot" new celebrities is the obese transvestite drag queen "Matsuko Deluxe" (for those of you with a soft spot for John Waters, (s)he does bring up some distant memories of Divine). Matsuko Deluxe is now starring in quite a number of TV commercials (everything from the horse races to hair treatment products) and seem to be quite the rage in the TV variety show circuit. Personally I find Matsuko Deluxe mildly entertaining, but harbor no strong feelings either way and most likely won't feel sad when (s)he disintegrates into media oblivion in a few months time.

In any case, this is just to give you a little background to the entertaining story that I recently heard from one of my colleagues I'm quite friendly with. My friend participated in the funeral of the father of another colleague (i.e. my colleague as well) and during the festivities they ran into another former lady colleague, Sachiko, who had left the company since quite a few years back and stayed off the radar since then. This image of Sachiko when she was in the company was that of a quite good looking slim lady in the late 30's, but to the shock of my colleague she had apparently filled out quite a lot in the few years that she's not been seen or heard of from the company people... As my colleague ran into her at the funeral, Sachiko beamed off a huge smile, made a twirl and a bow and said "Hi! What do you think of Sachiko-DELUXE?!". My colleague, lost for words, stuttered something about how nice it was to see her again and how well the newly found weight suited her and then ran off to more fun conversation at the funeral...

I'm not sure if I managed to capture any of the surreal amusement of this little encounter as I experienced it when it was told to me, but in conclusion, anything is better in DELUXE!

7 comments:

Sakie and Thomas Gantz said...

I was just at the DFuji TV headquarters and they had big posters of a new show Deluxe will host about extreme videos or something like that

xavier ninnis said...

My friend participated in the funeral of the father of a mutual colleague . . .
would have eliminated the need for the awkward "(i.e. my colleague as well)".

Anonymous said...

Funeral? Sad...

Have you seen the commercial where s/he's giving birth? That was weird.

Here's a funny swedish comedian video I found on youtube while searching for someone else named Gardell...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vq3NJfxN2hM

Corinne said...

Wow, she's either one confident lady or goes home and sits on the floor holding her knees and rocking while stuffing cookies in her mouth. That dude/chick freaks me out, I'm sure she'll appear in my nightmares at some point in the future.

RMilner said...

A lot of Japanese women are borderline anorexic.

I like a woman with a bit of meat on her bones.

Sachiko Deluxe is un peu du trop in more ways than one, though.

sharon said...

"Sachiko-Deluxe" that ws really funny!

Mr. Salaryman said...

Sakie - (S)he seems to be all the rage at the moment, but best to milk it while it lasts since the Japanese audience is quite fickle, I think (s)he'll be forgotten within a year...

Xavier - There you go (i.e. you corrected my awkward sentence)

Anonymous - That birth commerican is quite freaky... Gardell is no favorite of mine though, but he's quite big in Sweden

Corinne - Yeah, considering how I knew her before she went Deluxe, I would suspect the second when she gets home

RMilner - Yep, I agree, but I also generally prefer women who actually are women?

Sharon - Well thank you

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