Thursday, August 28, 2008

Hi Hi Puffy Bu

Seems like I didn't miss much during my focus on the Olympics - at least, not much that seems worth writing about 2 weeks later, anyway. Things are pretty quiet while Puffy are in the recording studio, and they're really keeping everything close to the vest this time. They're not always quite so secretive. Wonder if that means anything.

Anyway, until there's something else to talk about, enjoy this episode of "Hi Hi Puffy Bu", Puffy's Asahi TV show from a year or two ago, if you haven't seen it already. These episodes are not easy to find online and haven't been really since the show was on - so I thought I'd post at least this one for those of you who missed it (it's nice quality too! The only episode I have like this). Watch it while it lasts. (Those reading via RSS, this is a Veoh video and they don't embed well in RSS readers. Come to the blog itself.)

By the way, my wife, who loves Yumi, tells me she sounds really "urban" in this video. Even moreso than she usually does. Actually, "urban" is not the word she used, but that's about the nicest way I can put it :) Like an American with a thick Brooklyn accent. Any of you native speakers agree?


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  2. Basically, they all use standard Japanese in the beginning, and at 4:00~4:07 they simply use western Japanese accent intentionally for doing some Monomane.

    But as they are getting full & happy, Yumi starts using western accent more frequently to express her feelings. :)

  3. Do you think her natural accent is thicker than she usually lets on? I wonder if she's tried to tame it for a mainstream audience.

  4. Puffy Love here..........

    Yumi naturally speaks Kansai-ben, like Yuko Nakizawa and Ai Kago as they are all from the Osaka-Kyoto-Nara region, but to appeal to the masses, they mostly speak in standard Tokyo dialect.

    Osaka is the capital of the Japanese comedy scene and almost all famous comedians in Japan orginally came from the Kansai and they often use their dialects as a basis for their humor.