The Shiroyone Senmaida rice paddies in Ishikawa, registered both in the Guinness Book of World Records for having 20,000 pink LEDs, and as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS).
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Posted by ampontan on Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Posted by ampontan on Tuesday, June 19, 2012
CAN’T pass this story up, though it’s not Japan-related.
From the Bangkok Post:
The Culture Ministry will call a meeting with organisers of Thailand’s Got Talent after the popular programme aired a female contestant painting on a canvas with her bare breasts on national television on Sunday.
“There must be limits on artistic expression. I was shocked when I saw the clip,” Ms Sukumol said. “The ministry will meet the organisers of Thailand’s Got Talent to get an explanation.”
There were three judges on the program. Two passed the contestant and one flunked her. Two of the judges were men and one of them was a woman. The judges who passed the contestant said it was another type of artistic expression.
No, you don’t have to ask. You already know.
There’s a six-minute video at that link, by the way. The program was recorded before broadcast, so one small section of the screen was electronically altered.
There’s no accounting for taste, I know, but I would have preferred to see the female judge (actress Pornchita Na Songkhla) render that painting rather than the actual painter. Her nickname is Benz.
Oh, brothers and sisters, ask and ye shall receive! Benz (who thought the performance was inappropriate for Thai culture) has some experience with this sort of thing herself. As the blogger Kaewmala reports at this website, she starred in a photo layout for Image magazine in 2010. In a couple of those photos, she’s topless and covered with chocolate. In another, she bares half her chest (vertically, from the middle out) with two rather dark-complexioned gentlemen pulling on her blouse.
As the site notes, that raises the question of whether some breasts are more artistically equal than others.
Now that’s an issue that deserves thorough debate!
Kaewmala also reports that Judge Benz really digs it when boys do it:
In fact, the gender split is reversed in this vote on the same program. The comparison of this video with the one in the link above is one of the most educational experiences I’ve ever had on the Internet.
There’s a big black hairy guy in this one, too. One commenter says the pianist’s name is Elton.