Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

I study people, technology, and the worlds they make

Japanese cheerleading in London

I’ve got the TV on, and there’s an NHK (one of, if not the official, Japanese TV networks) show of… Japanese cheerleaders. They’re awfully good, though as so often happens with Japanese imports, there’s a mix of spot-on perfect performance and linguistic slippage.

On one hand, these girls would drive that killer Texas cheerleader mom to rent a small Mafia army. They’re athletic; acrobatic; have demanding, precise routines, and are so perky they make Katie Couric look like Edna Mode. I don’t know much about cheerleading, but I know that balancing three other girls on your shoulders isn’t something you just start doing one day.

But look at the team names (not a complete list):

Beams

Vortex

Pyrates

Rustles

Super Bears

Spiders-A

Lillipoppers

Regulus

Lancers

Babies

Vigors

Wits

Reckless

Flashes

Glitterz

Dooble Twisters

Various

Barbees

Wild Boars

Juices

Venus

Radish

Fairies

Lou Angeles

Buffaloes

Cherry Scarlets

Dynamites

OS Tigresses

Three Nails Crown

Hoppers

Grampus

Goldees

Little Kiss

Wendys

Sheep

Cavvs

Thunders

Berries

Belugas

Galaxie

Jaspers

Vixens

Soldiers

Beauty Bears

Grandeurs

Quiltz

Sky Lovers

But the filming was done by an outfit called “Crazy TV Manpower.” So go figure.

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  1. FYI, NHK (Nippon Housou Kyoukai/Japan Broadcasting Association) is Japan’s public broadcasting network, though unlike the US’ PBS the programming on NHK is pretty mainstream. Plus the “NHK man” comes around to people’s houses (I think it was twice a year) to collect a fee from every household that has a TV.

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