Here we go again with these silly Japanese adverts! Let’s see what’s in store this week.
1960s commercial for a brand of katsuobushi. Featuring an American woman speaking broken Japanese. Must be a payback for all those times American cartoons depicted Japanese people speaking broken English.
Shiseido Pearl Toothpaste
Here’s a 60-second commercial for a toothpaste. Cute song. Produced by TCJ in 1960.
A fun, bouncy commercial for Nissin’s Chicken Ramen. From 1963
A very simple animation for a juice product. Dated 1960.
1978 commercial for Akafuku mochi. Ejamaika!
Another super short commercial, for chikuwa. The ad refers to the fact that Yamasa company has existed since 1827, the message being that their product is still a popular choice after nearly 200 years.
How about some public service announcements? Yes, Japan has PSAs as well. Here’s a video containing over 4 minutes of them.
Asahi Pentax “Black Man’s Blues”
And finally, an award-winner. From 1964, Asahi Pentax “Black Man’s Blues”- I didn’t make that name up. It’s actually called “Black Man’s Blues” according to the official database. This won 4th place in ACC (All Japan Radio & Television Commercial Confederation) Award that year.
Produced by Toei Animation, directed by Kentaro Uchida and animated by Mami Umetani. Voice by Kumakura Kazuo.