Thursday, July 14, 2011
Come Come Everybody!
Among the casualties of Japan's 3/11 disasters is tourism. It's way down across the country. Everyone here is doing their best to shore up the ailing industry and, in particular, reverse the diminishing tide of international visitors. A letter to the editor published in a recent edition of the Japan Times reports that one "small travel agency has just launched a worldwide contest to win a 101-day trip to Japan."
Feeling lucky? Go ahead, give it a try and come, come everybody!
Come Come Everybody
Come Come Everybody may sound familiar to Eartha Kitt fans. She did her own unique rendition of the traditional tune it's based on, Sho Jo Ji (a.k.a. The Hungry Raccoon), way back in 1955 (complete with what sounds like an affected accent, which may not be so atypical for the era in which it was recorded).
If you do win the contest and come looking for the real Japan but can't seem to find it, maybe you should have read the article entitled, The Real Japan: Why Western Tourists Can't Quite Find It by Meredith McKinney, from the Kyoto Journal November-December 1998 issue. It's an oldie but a goodie like the following take on The Hungry Raccoon by the 5,6,7,8's.
Related post: "Uncle Come Come"