On the lighter side of things, here’s this:
The video is self-explanatory… well, sort of. Pikotaro (ピコ太郎), the guy who made this song, is a Japanese comedian/song-writer etc. His official site is here. The costume is based off of a character in the manga One-Piece (I have no idea which one).
My kids love this song and sing it frequently. So much so, it is now stuck in my head, too. We did watch a show in Japanese which interviewed Pikotaro and it was interesting when he tried to teach one of the hosts how to do the same dance. There is a surprising amount of detail in the choreography. Like most successful comedians, Pikotaro is a lot more intelligent than his silly demeanor on screen would lead you to believe.
Some might compare this to the Korean song Gangnam Style, which I enjoyed a lot back then, but they’re kind of different to me. Granted, they’re both unusual examples of Asian music making a hit in the West,¹ and both are comedic, but that’s about all that they have in common I think.
Anyhow, see how long it takes before this gets stuck in your head. ;p
P.S. Another Pikotaro song my kids like is this one. For those who don’t speak Japanese kurai (暗い) means “dark” and akarui (明るい) means “bright”. That’s about all you need to know.
¹ An interesting BBC article a couple months ago on why Kpop has tried, and yet failed, to penetrate the Western market apart from Gangnam Style.