Not Dasaitama!… I recently had the great experience of filming on location and in studio with the NHK Cool Japan show. It will air this Sunday March 3rd at 6 pm on BS1 and in 150 countries around the world on NHK World Premium on Monday March 4th at 2pm JST. The show is a special on Saitama, showcasing some of Saitama’s cool attributes.
Saitama has a bad reputation, although I can’t for the life of me understand why. There is so much to do in Saitama and we have some really unique places and attractions that you will not find in any other place in Japan. Just take a look at the “Only in Saitama” category on this blog for some ideas.
The Cool Japan episode is where I came up with the new subtitle of my blog at the end of last year; “Not Dasaitama, but Bonsaitama”. It came out of my mouth in response to a question from the Director and they decided to use it as the punch line of the show… or at least I think they did. We’ll have to wait until Sunday to find out! Dasai means lame and the pun Dasaitama was created to imply that Saitama is not cool. It so is though! Bon is the french for good and Saitama is famous for Bonsai. Bonsaitama is a much better nickname for Saitama than Dasaitama, don’t you think!?
Here is a 15 second preview, yours truly in the opening scene at the Bonsai Village and in studio saying “NO….” Click on the link in blue to see the 15 second preview;
If you are going to be in Japan this Sunday or if you have NHK World – check it out to find out why Saitama is not dasaitama, but bonsaitama! Also, please check out Cool Japan’s facebook page for some other really great episodes about all things cool in Japan!
NHK Cool Japan Official Website with details on how to watch worldwide.
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