Standard Posted by Two Dudes in an Attic Posted on July 28, 2011 Posted under Japanese, News Comments 2 Comments Komatsu Sakyo dies at 80 Komatsu Sakyo, author of Japan Sinks and numerous other books has died. The Japan Times has details here. In Komatsu’s honor, I will dig up another of his books from the library, read it, and post a review as soon as possible. Advertisements Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailGoogleLike this:Like Loading... Related komatsu sakyo Post navigation ← Space Battleship Yamato Dream Park → 2 thoughts on “Komatsu Sakyo dies at 80” Interesting article in the Japan Times; Komatsu worked as a writer for Japanese stand-up comedy acts. Now there’s a mental image that one has trouble processing–Japanese stand-up. It goes against everything I’ve ever learned or observed about our friends from that side of the pond. Perhaps Pep could enlighten us a tad. Reply Because Tokyo is the face that Japan presents to the world, and Tokyo is full of boring people, Japanese comedy doesn’t get a lot of play internationally. Osaka is a comedy hotbed, with manzai, the local style, being a variation of the straight man – funny man shtick some Westerners do. There’s less of the lone guy standing at a mic style. Most people from Kansai are socialized into the manzai style from birth, as it is the natural way friends communicate. (Asami and I are no exception. She usually plays the tskomi (straight) to my boke (funny) role.) Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google+ account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email.