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It’s hard to be taken seriously….

April 24th, 2008 · 5 Comments · Daily Life, The sights

….when you have Kleenex sticking out of your nose!  But that’s just how Hideo Higashikokubaru, a one-time comedian using the stage name Sonomanma Higashi, and currently the Governor of Miyazaki prefecture in southern Japan, is portrayed on this tissue box cover.

Tissue Cover

I found this product while browsing through my local mall and just couldn’t stop laughing.  I thought it was hilarious even before my friend told me who he was.   He ran for governor on the slogan “dogenkasento ikan,” or “something must be done” and I know just what he should do – get them to stop selling this product.  He just looks silly!

If you don’t believe me check out his photo on the Miyazaki Prefecture website. 

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Susie // Apr 24, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    Made me larf!!!!!!!

  • 2 Shane // Apr 24, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Glad you liked it Susie! I was soooo tempted to buy it but it was a little over Y2,000 and I’m not sure it goes with my decor….

  • 3 billywest // Apr 25, 2008 at 1:49 am

    Yeah, I eat sometimes at this little shokudo near where I work and they sell bottles of sake with his cartoon face plastered on them.

  • 4 WordsnCollision // Apr 27, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Higashikokubaru has a long history of not being taken seriously – he was Beat Takeshi’s sidekick on “Takeshi’s Castle”. For those who don’t know, this show was repackaged and dubbed in English as “MXC”, featuring Vic Romano (Takeshi) and Kenny Blankenship (Higashikokubaru).

  • 5 Shane // Apr 28, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    I read that he was on Takeshi’s Castle. When we are at home we sometimes catch it on Spike. It’s definitely light hearted and hilarious – I can’t believe that they actually got people to sign up to do those things!