Japanese Butt-Biting Bug: Watch Out
Posted on August 28, 2009
There seems no escape from the ubiquitous butt-biting bug song in Japan. The English translation of Oshiri Kajiri Mushi, is thoroughly addictive and the Japanese cannot get enough of or away from the very popular tune and accompanying video.
The catchy little tune is the “in song” both among teens and their parents and not to hear it almost anywhere in Japan at any given time is next to impossible. The song was originally released in the summer of 2007 as a CD single, and it peaked at number 6 on the national Oricon music charts.
The “Butt-Biting Bug” phenomenon began earlier this year when the video first appeared on Japan’s national television network on the five-minute program known as Minna no Uta (Everyone’s Songs). This show has been broadcast several times daily for the last four decades. Even though the song had been immensely successful, the video took it to new heights.
The story of the butt-biting bug as told through the subtitles on the video is not completely clear, but according to one translator, the story is a lot deeper than it looks, albeit it will never be a cinematic masterpiece.
Almost in the fairy tale tradition of the country mouse and the city mouse, the butt-biting bug comes from the country and moves to the city where the selection of butts to bite seems happily endless. Alas, the city people are so unhappy with their urban lives that their butts taste bitter and that bad taste makes the butt-biting bug ill.
All is not lost, however, for the butt-biting bug regains his health along with a new butt-biting determination via a strict regimen of traditional remedies and Zen discipline.
If you like the song and don’t have access to TV Japan, listen via You Tube. If you hate the song, then you can be grateful you live nowhere near Japan where the melody is blasted from every available speaker including cell phone ring tones!
How long will the butt-biting bug remain a raging phenomenon?
There’s no telling, as there seems no end in sight.
So…watch your butt…