aku-aku: v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
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selling out in japan
Posted by dav at 2002 September 17 08:10 AM
File under: Funny

I ran across Japander.com on BoingBoing. It's a web site dedicated to the TV commercials that western movie stars (who would never do tv commercials in The States) sneak over to Japan to do.

I sent that link to a friend who lives in Tokyo. She sent back another link of print advertising starring Hollywood Stars: check it out (click on Sell Out in the navigation bar at the top).

My friend writes:

Yeah, there are a bunch of foreign actors too into their images to stoop to silly advertising gimmicks in the US...but get 'em to Japan with Yen and they'll do the strangest things. Growing up here, I automatically associate Sylvester Stallone with Nippon Ham (and he poses like a cherubic alter boy holding a big solid hunk of ham) and Arnold Schwarznegger with Cup 'o Noodles...and HE comes in the wackiest fantasy outfits, usually selling the stuff with the latest pop idol star who is half his size...did you know he speaks some Japanese? (or at least he can repeat the sounds pretty good)


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