From Jina, here’s something that just captures why Japan is silly and awesome at the same time:
True story: I have very little experience with video games from my childhood. I never had a Nintendo or anything like that. And when I first saw someone playing Super Mario Brothers, I didn’t ask questions as to what was going on. I figured it out for myself, and decided that there were giant aspirin floating in the air that little Mario needed to grab because smashing bricks with the top of his head gave him a headache. And if Mario didn’t get enough aspirin, he’d do something stpuid like walk off a cliff and die from the pain of his headache, clutching his cranium as he fell off the screen. Imagine the conversation when I asked someone playing the game why they left that aspirin behind.