Funny Funny Osaka People! Black Mayonnaise and Catherine
I was born in Kyoto and raised in Osaka. I have lived in Tokyo for seven years. And now I live in Nara. Sometimes I miss funny Osakans who are really born comedians.
Funny Advertisement in Osaka
This poster was so impactful that it stopped me walk and made me chuckle. "Alone, Vancouver!" Soon I started to make a story about the chubby man in the poster.
"His dream was to be a figure skater and to perform in the Olympics. However things were not favorable to him, and he had to give up his dream. Maybe he was not talented enough or his appearance did not allow him to be a figure skater. But hearing news of the coming Vancouver Olympics, he rekindled his old dream. Now he is standing at the skating rink in Hira-Pa alone, wearing a flashy costume and posing."
"What a genius made such a funny poster!" , I thought.
Hira-Pa is the shortened name of Hirakata Park which is the oldest amusement park in Japan, and located in Hirakata city, Osaka. It is famous for beautiful chrysanthemum dolls in autumn.
One of Black Mayonnaise- the name of comedy duo, Kosugi has been advertising Hira-Pa as a mascot character "Hira-Pa Niisan" which is the shortened name of "Hirakata Park no Oniisan" meaning Brother in Hirakata Park.
What is going on in Hirakata Park now? The park is in the middle of election campaign spree to choose Kosugi or another Black Mayonnaise,Yoshida for the second Hira-pa Niisan. Which one is more suitable as Hira-Pa Niisan? But, why did the election campaign start?
Because, one day very disturbing fact was disclosed. The disclosure is that present Hira-Pa Niisan, Kosugi has been to Hira-Pa only once and moreover, he likes a certain theme park in Osaka more than Hira-Pa. On the contrary, Yoshida has been to Hira-Pa more than fifty times and loves Hira-Pa the best. Yoshida started claiming he would be better Hira-Pa Niisan than Kosugi. Here started the very heated election campaign- "The Hira-Pa Niisan Senkyo", "Election for Hira-Pa Niisan". The fans of Black Mayonnaise are being confused, complaining that to force them to choose one of Black Mayonnaise is cruel, but at the same time they are enjoying this great joke and are indulged in the very stupid spree . You can join this funny election to vote for in Hira-Pa until 22nd November. Only two days more! Which one do you choose?
They have been issuing their manifestos, holding down each other and speaking ill of each other. Hira-Pa Niisan election campaign is here.
Last minute apple-polishing!
Funny Bus Tour in Osaka
This is Duck Tour in Osaka. As the name shows, a bus is amphibian. The windows of the bus are open without any glass. So, it is extremely hot in summer and freezing in winter. But in the bus, the temperature is always very high because of a bus tour guide.
This is Catherine, a tour guide. She is a typical " Osaka no Obachan", literally meaning an ant of Osaka who is over kind, very talkative, very curious and very very funny.
Catharine is a very funny and informative guide. She tells us many interesting things about Osaka. Occasionally she says " Let's shout Ooooh!" With our fists up, we shout "Ooooh" very loudly. Whenever she finds familiar faces, she shouts to them from the the bus, "Hello! How are you?" "Thank you, your coffee is very good!" and more. The loud, noisy shouts make pedestrians or passers-by startled. Soon we find loudly shouting in the middle of a big city like Osaka is a greater fun than expected.
This is the most dangerous moment for us when the bus goes from the land to the river. A staff member of the Duck Tour company anxiously watches the moment at the river bank. If he smiles, it means everything is all right. But, he frowns longer and makes us worried. Catherin says that he enjoys acting more and more. The total tour takes 100 minuets. After the tour is finished, we will have released all stresses.