There is some heavy pride when it comes to Japanese cities. This is a major topic on many variety shows. There is a need to show why each and every city in Japan is worthy of some title, some prestige, and something special that makes it worth a visit. 月曜から夜ふかし is a popular variety show starring Matsuko Deluxe, that likes to show cities battling against each other competing over which one is better and why.
Their most recent target: 川崎 (Kawasaki)
The major controversy with Kawasaki is that most people don’t pay any attention to the fact that they pass through Kawasaki when they commute back and forth between Japan’s two largest cities, Tokyo and Yokohama.
That’s Kawasaki wedged in between Yokohama to the south, and Tokyo to the North.
So how do Kawasaki’s neighbors feel about Kawasaki?
Are you going to take this bashing Kawasaki?! Go and show your desirable side! Why should we be visiting you or choosing you as our new home?
Okay, these are reasonable. It has an extremely popular temple, and it’s located in a super convenient area.
But like most Japanese city pride contests, they tend to get a little silly:
And who could pass up:
I’m convinced. Then again, when I was living in Japan, for the longest time I just assumed that Kawasaki was part of Tokyo . . .
Anyone ever visit Kawasaki? Maybe even live there? Or at least pass through it and thought, “hmm . . . am I an in Tokyo yet?”