Lastnight Michiko Kichise appeared live on Fuji TV’s variety show “Nonstop!”. During the show she was asked if she’d ever been told/asked anything shocking by a fellow TV personality and she ended up making a pretty unpredictable confession. It turns out that Nonstop!’s MC, Osamu Shitara from Bananaman, had asked her before (when they were doing another job together) what color underwear she was wearing. She didn’t seem upset about it at all, in fact both of them were laughing really hard about it at the time. Fellow guest(and model) Uno Kanda was pretty taken a back by the confession though, saying that the question was something “unbelievable” to ask while working. According to Shitara, Kichise answered his question straight away but he thought she might actually be lying so he asked her again multiple times. Apparently this whole underwear color question thing is some little game that the Bananaman guys play(Himura is also involved) and Shitara has asked over 20 other female personalities the same question.
This is something that I personally will never understand: the immaturity of Japan’s comedy. This isn’t the first time I’ve heard about this kind of thing, I used to follow an Osaka radio podcast quite regularly and the guys on there would always ask female guests what color underwear they had on while interviewing them. The only difference is that they would sometimes have actual prostitutes as guests on that radio show, but then again I suppose that doesn’t make it okay either. There’s also this random chat service that I use quite regularly on the internet, but almost 70% of the people on it will immediately ask if you are a girl or not and if you tell them you’re male they will cut you off straight away. I get the feeling that some(not all) Japanese men are still trapped in puberty. In the end we’re all animals and we all get urges from time to time but I really question what there is to gain in asking girls what color underwear they’re wearing(you’re gunna lose a lot of points here depending on how you do this) or trawling internet sites in the hopes you’re connected with a girl.