Thursday, March 18, 2010
Walking Bistro SMAP Chef
Well, first off, it's a walking Stitch plushie. These are pretty common UFO prizes in Japan and the rest of Asia.
You'll notice he's dressed as a chef. They make a lot of varieties of these walking dolls, including ones dressed in odd costumes (like the Pooh I showed the other day, or Totoro).
If you'll look closely, you'll see the lip prints on his chef's hat. That means Chef Stitch has been a guest star on Bistro SMAP!
SMAP, if you're not into Japanese pop culture, is very cute, but not terribly talented boy band. They have their own show on Japanese TV, SMAPxSMAP, which includes a segment where the boys get together and cook. They all dress up in costumes similar to this one, complete with lipstick. I actually got to see a bit of this last time we were in Japan.
I've posted a YouTube segment from the show so you can see the costumes.
I also just found a clip of Madonna visiting the show - it strikes me as quite Lost in Translation-esque.