Hi Steve, I stumbled upon this video from the Yukihiro Takahashi “Wild and Moody” tour, and you are in it. I don’t speak Japanese and can’t understand what this sketch is about. Do you remember anything about this video? I was fascinated by the fact that some of the characters (including you!) say “Arrivederci”, in Italian. What is that about? :) Link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb4LWqxhFHU Thank you. Marco

I’ve no idea, I was just told to act out what you see.  My assumption is that it’s abstract humour of some sort, but this is a question for Yukihiro … he owes us all an explanation. By the way, the voice is dubbed.

2 thoughts on “Hi Steve, I stumbled upon this video from the Yukihiro Takahashi “Wild and Moody” tour, and you are in it. I don’t speak Japanese and can’t understand what this sketch is about. Do you remember anything about this video? I was fascinated by the fact that some of the characters (including you!) say “Arrivederci”, in Italian. What is that about? :) Link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gb4LWqxhFHU Thank you. Marco

  1. The sketch involves observing the reactions of various people to a sign, placed next to a hole in the wall around a big house located about five minutes from where the narrator lives, that says “don’t stick your finger in the hole”. Subdued absurdist humor ensues. (When the white bowl is introduced, the sign changes to “after washing your finger, stick it in the hole”.) “Arrivederci” appears to have no particular significance. In the first instance, it is spoken by “a foreigner”; in the second, it is spoken by a guy who gets his big toe stuck in the hole and has to call out for help.

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  2. Hello Marco. It belongs to a series of sketch shows titled “The New Youth”. Other parts of the series are even more absurd. Personally I enjoy it very much so I translated this one and another one for you: https://youtu.be/n7UFJrImjY0 By the way, I guess“Arrivederci”is about whether it sounds alien to you (or not), you know that the person is stuck and calling for help. A meaningless (or ridiculous) word conveys exact message. On the contrary, the words on the plastic sign are meant to be an exact message, but in effect lead to confusion.

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