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Video: “All You Can Drink” in Japan

Posted by on August 4, 2013

This video was kindly dug out of obscurity by Zach Huffman. Thank you, Zach, for helping to make the world a better place.

It’s hard to pin-point exactly when my drinking career began. I thought it all started in Japan, but, as Coomer recently pointed out, a lot of us were already fully-fledged alcoholics by the time we arrived in Japan.

Anyway, if Japan wasn’t the beginning, it was certainly a key stage in the development. There’s no better example than the shit that went down in the sleepy, lacquerware-making town of Wajima, but that’s another story, for another day. For now, this video should provide a pretty accurate insight into our daily activities in “the Land of the Rising Sun”.

You’re probably wondering; ‘What is this absolute pile of shit?’

Well, the idea was a mock Japanese Public Service Announcement, warning bar staff to say no (dame) to foreigners (gaijin), who take advantage of nomihoudai (all you can drink) deals in Japan.

Fed up of being turned out of “Japanese only” restaurants and bars the second we walked in the door, the point was to raise awareness about the widespread yet rarely addressed racism that goes on in Japan, by taking it to its most ridiculous extreme.

Believe it or not, we actually submitted this as an assignment for one of our classes. The tutor agreed to give us a passing grade and banned its screening at the University.

I don’t think he “got” it.

I’m not even sure if we got it, really.

I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on the matter…

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