Portland made a fantastic video to woo Japanese tourists


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/09/30/portland-made-a-fantastic-vide.html


#2

So like, this didn’t work?


#3

“These are the bikes that we love to ride naked…”

Lol. Yes indeed.


#4

Good one, Portland. This video is how The Ring started.


#5

I wonder who sang this, because the voices sound American but their Japanese is perfect.

EDIT: Except wait, shouldn’t that be Odonaratoupo? Even turned around, the transliteration looks really odd. I see a ro where a ra should be, and is that a… tripled vowel?


#6

Burning Man is where people learn that naked bicycling and community bicycles don’t mix.


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#8

So that’s where it got the name!


#9

You haven’t heard the news?

The Feminist Bookstore featured in Portlandia has a “Fuck Portlandia” sign in its window


#10

Yea! Somebody knows what “woo” means!


#11

A nice summary of Portland… The old Modest Mouse music video style is an interesting choice though.


#12

If that bit ever were tried, it would surely fail. It’s nasty and meanspirited, even for satire. Ugh.


#13

Yeah, there is such a thing as too much sharing…


#14

I remember when all it took was a farmer in a blue Ford pickup truck.

/that should be legitimately obscure.


#15

Here’s the statement from the bookstore in entirety. Nicely written piece of protest speak.

I especially liked the line at the end about how the show portrays gentrification as turning Portland into something “twee and whimsical for the incoming technocrat hordes.”

I kinda agree.


#16

http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Oregon_Kara_Ai

Hah!. Take That!
Legitimately Obscure, my ass.


#17

You knew of the program? The only people I know who know about this show were people taking Japanese language lessons in the mid 80’s in Oregon or actual Japanese people.


#18

Nah. Image Search is a wonderful thing.


#19

Then I think it remains obscure. Obscure does not mean unresearchable.


#20

Ummmm . . .

While Portland is likely the only city with a non-zero chance that you’ll run into a guy on a unicycle playing flaming bagpipes, the quotidian experience isn’t a Twin Peaks / Eureka style parade of strangeness.

I wonder if there should maybe be a bureau that arranges for street performers and handlers with trained raccoons to be on hand when Japanese tour groups arrive.

Maybe a tour bus driven by a guy in a Yeti suit that takes tourists up the gorge to Multnomah Falls.

P.S. Raccoons are pains the ass. There. Said it.