I looked it up, later, where I found out that nawa actually means straw rope! So apparently this is old enough that they were using straw ropes for jumping.
And now I know one more word of Japanese. So I can joke about a jump rope. Maybe.
Another TV ad that I think is great.
The ad starts with the camera looking past someone's shoulder at a young man who is peering at a cell phone in his hand. He glances up and asks, "What's the difference between candy crush and candy soda?"
At this point, the camera pulls back, and we see whose shoulder that was. A tall man is kneeling on his white legs on top of the table in front of the young man. On the back of the tall man are translucent wings! From his head, two antenna rise in majestic curves, ending in orange ping-pong balls. His earlobes have dangling florescent green triangles. In one hand, he is holding a white scepter with a large green figure of some indeterminate kind on the upper tip. He looks down at the young man, unsmiling.
The ad then cuts to an animated game screen showing candy bits moving in a maze, and the logo for candy crush soda pops up on the screen.
That kneeling figure with the strange outfit is what makes this commercial. Even after you've seen it a couple times, when it comes on again, you watch for the humor of it.
And now they have at least two variations of the ad also running! In one, the kneeling figure sways a little bit, and his wings move, but he reassures the young man that his wings are moving by themselves. In the other one, he's actually kneeling on the seat across from the young man, with a table in between. I haven't caught what they are saying yet. Apparently they are in a diner or something? It looks like a diner booth, anyway.
I think that's a mistake. There's a new movie coming out here in Japan, apparently from Warner Bros.
If I understand correctly, the movie is based on a book called Sasara Saku. In this case, Sasara is a town, and Saku is the woman who has just moved there with her child after her husband died. But apparently from the teasers, his ghost is hanging around, trying to help out by possessing people.
However, the title of the movie is Twilight Sasara Saku. I'm guessing that Warner Bros. is trying to cash in on the Twilight name, but there doesn't seem to be any connection. I mean Twilight was all about teenage love and sparkly vampires, right? I never saw it, but I certainly heard a lot about it. This one is about a single mother and the ghost? I don't see the connection... And I don't see any other reason to call it Twilight.
Of course I'm not in the target audience in any case, but I wish they had just called it Sasara Saku...