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nobel bottoms

It's been quite a week for news in Japan.

There were two stories which dominated the TV news bulletins as well as the front pages of the country's newspapers.

One of them was this:


Makoto Kobayashi, Toshihide Maskawa, and Yoichiro Nambu shared the Nobel Prize in Physics.

They won it for their groundbreaking theoretical work which investigated the hidden symmetries among sub-atomic particles. Judges praised them for their outstanding contribution to the scientific world regarding their exploration of the nature of matter, and for making significant progress towards answering questions about how the universe began.

The Japanese people can rightly be proud of the achievements of their fellow countrymen.

And the other story?


Oh dear.

The drama took place on Tuesday morning around the Imperial Palace in the centre of Tokyo.

Media reports said that the British tourist claimed to have dropped his bag in the moat and, in an effort to retrieve it, stripped off and jumped in.

However, it could have been that he was in there for an entirely different reason, having come here on holiday to enjoy a quintessentially Japanese experience - but unfortunately being horribly mistaken....

After a lengthy period of time relaxing in the soothing waters and occasionally throwing rocks at people, he emerged refreshed and began to make his way to his hotel. However, there were 50 police officers, 300 onlookers and hundreds of media organisations waiting for him....

A police officer kindly points out to the man that he's not wearing any underwear.

Unable to get past the crowds, the man became agitated and started sparring with the police....

The police chased him around a bit before he ended up back in the moat.

Some time later, he emerged for a second time and scaled the wall, completely in the buff....

He was finally arrested and given a pair of pants.

It's believed the emperor and his wife enjoyed the drama from the safety of the palace grounds....


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On Saturday, 11 October, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

As always, love the word balloons.

Yes, this was truly an occasion to take pride in one's countrymen. (Sarcasm.)

And I say this as an American, whose countrymen invite shame on a daily basis. So UK, thanks for taking the spotlight off us for a while! Every bit helps.  

On Saturday, 11 October, 2008, Blogger Jonneh said:

Wow..so I'm going to guess alcohol had something to do with this, right? Surely that was not all on his own...I mean, surely....  

On Saturday, 11 October, 2008, Blogger Ramen Adventures said:

I really really wish they had caught him with those massive... whatever they are... poles. I thought he was from Spain.  

On Saturday, 11 October, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Aparently he was speaking Spanish. He lives in Spain. His friend was shouting to him to get out of the water, calling him "Lorenzo". And the police said he is British. The plot thickens...  

On Sunday, 12 October, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Full moon in the afternoon!

Ugh, trust it to be one of my fellow countrymen though. Possibly a bet, most probably drunk, certainly red cheeks all round.  

On Sunday, 12 October, 2008, Blogger owenandbenjamin said:

I hope he didn't hurt anybody with his long pole.  

On Sunday, 12 October, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

I read somewhere else that his Spanish was not very good and he was although he lives in Spain he's British.

I hope they get an explanation from him for all this! So crazy!!!  

On Monday, 13 October, 2008, Blogger Jaime said:

What can I say, this is the way we Spanish are planning to conquer the world cock strikes!
Here in Sapporo I disnĀ“t heard anything anout it.  

On Tuesday, 14 October, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

I watched this on the news and I must say it brightened my day.
I think he must be British the whole Spanish mix up thing is obviously some sort of conspiracy
formed by those continental types who can't be trusted trying to claim the glory for this wonderful act.
I heard he is a performing artist from Hull.  

On Wednesday, 15 October, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nomihodai is a wonderful thing... It looks like a normal evening out in Blighty to me. The silly arse!  

On Thursday, 16 October, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:


On Sunday, 19 October, 2008, Blogger Degenerasian said:

Someone should copy this and go to the Whitehouse and moon Bush.  

On Sunday, 19 October, 2008, Blogger Unbalanced Reaction said:

Haha! I would have expected this of a fellow American, but a Brit? Niiiiiice.  

On Friday, 21 November, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Sparring with the police- excellent phrasing. What a tit. I'm at once proud and ashamed to be British. Proud cos it's just so ridiculously bold, and ashamed cos it's so bloody stupid.  

On Friday, 21 November, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ah, didn't realize he was actually throwing stuff at the police. Not cool.  

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