What's up, everybody? Welcome back to my laboratory, where safety is the number one priority. And today we're going to put to the test "hot dog gadgets".
Let's check this out. For the first hot dog gadget we got here: "Slotdog". So let's open it up, looks like there is a bunch of slots, so you slot a hot dog. Slotdog. I see why they call it a Slotdog. Look how many slots up there.
So time to put this gadget to the test. Squish it. Look at this. Then we're gonna open it, and boom.
Wow! Look at this! So awesome! Let's turn it over and squish it here. Boom.
Uhh, maybe one time on one side is the best way. Squish it, open it, and boom. There's a bunch of slots right there. And why do we wanna do this? So the ketchup, mayonnaise, whatever you like on your hot dog can go between of the hot dog, and it will taste much better.
Okay. Let's throw it on the grill, and see what it looks like. Okay. Time to check on the hot dogs. Look at this. This is all opened up, and it's cooking from the inside.
This is awesome! Look at this! Beautiful!
OOHH! Time to take them off. So, now you see why this hot dog is awesome. Look at this Casinoslots New Zealand.
The inside of the meat is opened up. So when we put a little bit of onions, The onions can go inside of the hot dog. How cool is that? Also, if you like relish, the relish can go inside of the hot dog.
Especially ketchup can go inside of a hot dog. Now all the ketchup, mayonnaise, relish, onions can go right inside of the hot dog so you can stuff it in. Awesome, huh? For this hot dog gadget, we got a "hot dog stuffer". As you can see from the title of it.
Pretty cool. So what it is, there is a little blade here on the bottom, and you push your hot dog through like this. So let's test this out. Put a hot dog in this way. And then this side, I'm just gonna push it through. So I'm just going to push through the hot dog.
Ahhh! Nice. Kinda warped. Pull it out all the way. Now we can take off. I guess I'll unroll the hot dog like this, and stuff it with different stuff.
Okay. We're going to take off the hot dog off the grill, you see. Now lets start to stuff up this hot dog. Yep. It's unfolded pretty good.
So, now I'm going to put a little bit of relish in this hot dog. Yeah, I got to stuff my hot dog. Heck yeah!
Wow! This is the best idea. Whoa!
I didn't think this gadget is good at all. But wow! Look at this! Instead of stuffing my hot dog bun, I'm stuffing my sausage. This is awesome!
Thumbs up for me! I can't wait to try this. Put a little bit of ketchup in there.
Boom. Nice. Look at that. Now a little bit of mayonnaise. Look at this. A stuffed hot dog.
Now, of course I have to try. I never had a stuffed hot dog before. Let's try it out. Mmmm! For this hot dog gadget, this is a "hot dog holder". So what it does, you open up the hot dog holder.
Let's say you only cook 2 hot dogs out from here. And you're not going to throw it back in the refrigerator. Look how much stuff, juice, leaking out, and it's going to be all over your refrigerator.
So, let's take the rest of the hot dogs into this hot dog holder. Just like this. Look at this perfect fit. Wow! And then the rest of the hot dogs, put them in on this side.
Boom. Now I'm just going to close it, and boom. Done. Look how awesome it looks.
So the hot dogs will last a lot longer than in an open bag. And also, the juice is not going to come out and won't stink up your refrigerator. Hot dog holder. Thumbs up for me!
For this hot dog gadget, I got a "hot dog griller". So with this, open this up. Open it up all the way. And then, we're going to stick the hot dogs in. From my new hot dog holder.
And close it. Let's see if it will actually hold the hot dogs. Boom.
Nice! Oh. Fallen out a little. So I'll be careful when flipping them over. Alright. Let's put them on the grill, and see what it does.
Now that the hot dogs expanded a little bit, you can see that none of them have fallen off. So I'd say it looks pretty good. Thumbs up for me! Once you're ready to take it out, all you have to do is Open this up, and let them out.
Simple. Want to cook some more? Load it up. Put it in. Close it.
And throw it on the grill once again. But this part might be hot, so be careful. Use the cooking gloves.
This gadget that I got here is a "hot dog toaster". Let's open it up, and see what it looks like. Look! It even comes with the little tongs.
Okay. That sticker just says, "In the first use it might smoke because it has a heating element." But do you what I hate about these stickers? It's almost impossible to take them off.
You see? Now I have this ugly sticker stuck to my toaster. Oh well.
So, I'm going to put the hot dogs into these two holes. Look at Huger. He wants to help eat the hot dogs. And put a second hot dog right in there. Then the hot dog buns.
We're just going to put them inside in here. One. And the second hot dog bun is going to go inside of here.
And then we're going to... Oh, this hot dog's... And then we're going to start it. Of course, don't forget to plug it in. Okay. Let's start it, and it should pop out by itself. How cool is that? Look at this!
You got the hot dog holes for two hot dogs and hot dog buns. Nice! You guys are like, "Woah!"
Wow. Awesome! OH!
Hot! Look at this. Ready-to-go hot dogs from a hot dog toaster.
I love this! I don't have use or heat up a grill and clean a grill. All I just need is a hot dog toaster. Two hot dogs in less than five minutes.
Thumbs up for me! For this gadget, we got a "hot dog maker". Looks like it's a hot dog steamer.
I'm going to add some water in the first level over here. Then we're going to put this cover back in. It can cook up to six hot dogs. At least that's what they advertised.
I'm only going to cook two hot dogs. Let's close it back in and turn it on and see what happens. And then with the hot dog buns, you can warm them up over here.
Pretty cool! Okay. It looks like it's done. I'm going to turn it off to zero. OH!
It's steaming a lot. So this looks like a hot dog steamer. Yeah. This feels warm to the touch.
It's actually hot. So yeah. They heat up the buns pretty good. So I'm going to take out the hot dog.
Oh! It's really hot. Awesome!
Look at this. Easy steamed hot dogs. You don't even have to boil them.
They're steaming. Thumbs up for me! And for the last hot dog gadget, this gadget is called "Curl-A-Dog" So what we're going to do is open it, put it in, and smash it. And then we're going to open it, and boom.
Look at it. It sliced up the hot dog. We're going to take it out carefully. Boom. Now look at this. Now we're going to grill it, and we can actually stuff it in with ketchup in the middle of this hot dog.
And we can stuff it with ketchup or whatever you'd like right in-between of those holes. And then on top of it, you can just add ketchup. This one is for the smaller hot dog. But let's try it out anyways. Boom.
Look at this. It's curled from both sides. This is why they call it "Curl-A-Dog" because do you see? This is what it looks like when it's cooked.
It curls. Pretty awesome. If I take down a little bit of voltage... There we go. It doesn't hurt.
Title: 瀧の白糸 (Taki no Shiroito)
English Title: The Water Magician
Release Date: 1933 (Japan)
Directed by: Mizoguchi Kenji
Starring: Irie Takako, Okada Tokihiko
There are not a great number of pre-war, Japanese silent films which have survived to this day. Furthermore, I imagine that one would be hard pressed to find easily accessible copies of the ones that do still exist. I was lucky enough to find this excellent Mizoguchi Kenji film through the Japan Foundation Library in Tokyo and write my essay about it.
Although titled a “silent” film, there is music throughout the movie. Furthermore, a distinguishing characteristic of Japanese silent films was the benshi. A benshi was a narrator who spoke during the movie, giving explanations, as well as voicing lines of some of the actors and actresses.
The movie gets its title from the profession of one of the main characters – she performs tricks, somewhat akin to magic, with bursts of shooting water on stage. This might be a bit difficult to visualize not being accustomed to such an act, thus it might help to think of someone juggling, to music, while also using stylized movements.
The story of The Water Magician is simple, yet profound. The woman performer, known as Shiroito, falls in love with a man who has had the misfortune of having to drop out of school after his parents died due to lack of money. Shiroito, who is completely taken by the man, Kin’ya, offers to pay for him to go back to school.
After some years of funding his education – he is studying to become a judge – Shiroito and her friends, the other performers, fall on hard times. Shiroito’s friends, who are in even more dire straits than she, repeatedly ask for money, or sometimes just outright take it from her. Eventually Shiroito is left with nothing and is forced to borrow money from a loan shark. Immediately after borrowing the money, she is robbed by masked men, later discovered to be none other than the troupe boss. Feeling that she now has no way to support Kin’ya, whom she has longed so dearly to meet again, she goes back to the loan shark, supposedly to explain what has just happened. Instead, he mistakes her intentions and tries to attack her. In the hustle, she accidently stabs him. Making matters worse, she runs off with more of the loan shark’s money.
Now charged with murder, Shiroito is brought before the judge, who is none other than Kin’ya. Only now, in these circumstances, does she receive the grace of seeing the one she so longed to see. Kin’ya is torn and mistakenly afraid that the money he received to support his education came from this murder. Taking the action he sees to be just for the role of a judge, he condemns Shiroito to death. Consequently, she bites off her tongue. The next day, the torn Kin’ya kills himself.
Shiroito in The Water Magician is a perfect example of a courageously loyal, just, and kind person who, because she is a woman, faces repeated hardships and sufferings, usually at the hands of men. Despite her sufferings, things do not turn out better for her, as she is eventually sentenced to death. The love and the sense of justice that she maintains to the end, make the story all the more tragic, and the audience feels the plight of this woman, up against all obstacles that her society throws at her.
Itself influenced by an Izumi Kyoka play, The Water Magician shares elements with many later movies, some of which were doubtlessly influenced by Mizoguchi’s film. One that comes to mind would be Villion’s Wife.
Title: 東京大空襲：第一夜 - 受難 (Toukyou Daikuushuu: Daiichi Yoru - Junan)
English Title: Tokyo Air Raid
Directed by: Ueda Nobuhiro
Starring: Horikita Maki, Fujiwara Tatsuya, Eita, Shibamoto Yuki
“Can you imagine it? What we’re looking at now, all burned. Houses, parks, cars…men and women…children too.” – Tokyo Air Raid
As I step out of the National Diet Library and inhale the cool, crisp autumn air I am almost in disbelief that the events of Tokyo Air Raid took place not far from where I now am. It is difficult for many people now to envision the events of March 9th and 10th, 1945 – the Tokyo Firebombing, in which at least 100,000 people lost their lives to a sea of fire from U.S. incendiary bombs.
Tokyo Air Raid focuses on a group of people, many of whom are working at a hospital, during the war in Japan. Here we are introduced to patients who are struggling with, or recovering from, various illnesses, as well as young men and women coping with the loss of loved ones, while at the same time growing closer to each other. The movie especially follows Haruko (Horikita Maki) a nurse, and Hiroto (Fujiwara Tastuya), a patient, at the hospital.
The unfortunate conclusion, which the audience is more or less informed of from the beginning, is that all of these characters are doomed to a tragic fate, caught under the bombs of the night of March 9th, 1945. In this aspect, the movie shares something in common with, for example Titanic, in that we know things aren’t going to turn out well, yet we are still drawn into the story and develop a connection with the characters.
While the majority of the movie is devoted to developing the characters – especially the relationship between Haruko and Hiroto – and reenacting the actual scenes of the bombings, it also lightly touches on other issues that were present during wartime Japan. The lack of concern by the military elites for the publics’ welfare is one notable example. Hiroto’s father, a police officer, is distraught when the military issues orders prohibiting anyone from fleeing Tokyo or taking refuge in the case of a major bombing. Essentially, this is a death sentence for the citizens of Tokyo, who are granted only a token sense of security by the regular fire drills they are forced to practice. Other examples of citizens suffering at the hands of the military are apparent in one of the opening scenes of an officer harassing a group of women about their “lack of patriotism”.
Relationships between Japanese, Americans and Koreans are also brought up and, while the movie briefly eludes to racist attitudes toward the perceived “other,” it is not to the extent that it probably could have. When a shot down American fighter pilot comes to the hospital, many of the staff and patients wish for the doctor to let him die. However, their opinions change once they get to know the pilot. Later, we discover that one of the nurses is in love with a Korean man. Her father is at first opposed to them getting married, not on the grounds that he himself dislikes Koreans, but rather that he doesn’t want to see them suffer at the hands of others who, supposedly, would not be as tolerant. All of the characters display a surprising amount of tolerance which, considering the violent prevalence of racism at the time, is impressive to say the least.
On the whole, Tokyo Air Raid does an excellent job of portraying a historical event that deserves more attention, and gives an interesting look at wartime Japan. While some might be a little let down if they are expecting George Lucas-style special effects, the terror and tragedy of the firebombing nonetheless comes across quite clear. Director Ueda Nobuhiro deserves a great amount of credit for attempting to make the history of the Tokyo Fire bombings accessible to a modern audience, even to those who are learning about the event for the first time.