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the coquettish princess of tenki

She's the heartthrob of many a Japanese teenager and one English blogger (a friend of mine). Her name is Sae (半井 小絵) and she does the weather on NHK at precisely 7.28pm each evening - not my friend, the heartthrob.

My friend says that what gets him going is the way she bows. He (my friend) says he's never seen anyone bow quite the way Sae does. She kind of goes 45% forward like with a regular bow, then returns her spine to a straight position - but her head lolls back a bit too far, which requires a secondary, smaller head-only bow to compensate and bring the whole body back together again into one single fully functioning unit.

He really likes it, he said. And the way she handles the stick to point out the clouds and sun and other weather-related paraphernalia on her big map.

My friend says that sometimes Sae blows kisses to him through the TV screen.

By chance I had a collection of video recordings of Sae, so I made a short video for my friend. It's only a minute long. The first 40 seconds feature her disseminating weather data, with some carefully chosen music. The last 20 seconds is a bowing compilation so you can see what all the fuss is about....

Running time: 1 minute

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On Saturday, 30 August, 2008, Blogger feitclub said:

She's adorable, no doubt, and she always grabs my attention during the news. Never noticed that post-bow "nod" before!

Quick question: You call her Chie but her name is clearly Sae. I know you make a lot of jokes on your site but this strikes me as a simple mistake.


On Saturday, 30 August, 2008, Anonymous Neil Duckett said:

I always see her, i have never really noticed .... the bow is cute at the end and the head tilting to the side a little is adorable. The first bow in the clip is by far the best.  

On Saturday, 30 August, 2008, Blogger the englishman said:

Thanks, feitclub. Sae it is!  

On Saturday, 30 August, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

that's one serious part; doesn't her hair stylist understand she has to bow?  

On Saturday, 30 August, 2008, Anonymous George W. said:

She is hot!

And yeah, she also blows kisses to me. I think she wants me to stalk her.  

On Saturday, 30 August, 2008, Blogger Mike said:

Excellent choice in music, well the second part... The music is aggressive and so is her bow! It's perfect!  

On Saturday, 30 August, 2008, Anonymous Trilly said:

OOOH there's nothing like a bit of aggressive bowing. You see it at the airport arrivals gate when people meet again after a long time.  

On Saturday, 30 August, 2008, Blogger LetsJpn said:

I collect Sae every day. Check her Mood-O-Meter! On this special page on my blog! Large-size photo gallery too! Sae's Day  

On Saturday, 30 August, 2008, Anonymous Scotty.VOR said:

Ah, yes, right..."your friend" likes her. Nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more.

"Your friend" likes the way she handles her stick eh? Nudge nudge, and all that jazz.

You randy little git....  

On Saturday, 30 August, 2008, Blogger the englishman said:

And, VOR, as far as I know, Sae's from Purley...  

On Sunday, 31 August, 2008, Anonymous The Weatherman said:

I think your friend & I have a lot in common...  

On Sunday, 31 August, 2008, Anonymous RMilner said:

I think it would have gone better with Drum and Bass.  

On Monday, 01 September, 2008, Blogger the melodic news said:

Looks like a lot of work has gone into that bow.  

On Wednesday, 03 September, 2008, Blogger namaikisaru said:

Arse, I just typed this once

Fellow Englishman, I was recently perusing some old posts on Tofugu.com and may have further evidence that your favourite...erm...I mean your friends favourite weather lady is in fact an naughty little strumpet. http://www.tofugu.com/2007/11/11/erotic-weather-channelsyes-thats-plural/
Not to confuse your readers I am the other Englishman in Japan. I was sent to Kanto so as not to have two Englishmen in one place and cause panic among the Japanese populace.  

On Sunday, 07 September, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

I feel an urge to start watching the weather report more often...  

On Tuesday, 09 September, 2008, Anonymous Bengz said:

Nah ... the springs in her neck are unbalanced. Therefor she got that 'Doni doni' effect.  

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