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Weird Japanese Game Shows We Can’t Believe Exist

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Let the games begin!

When you think of Japan, what comes to mind? The once-mysterious island nation is famous for its massive cities, stunning natural beauty, mouth-watering cuisine, and major influence on pop culture. And among its many—indeed, countless—contributions to modern society and entertainment are the infamous Japanese game shows.

Japan is well known for its absurd, comical, and over the top game shows that thrill and shock both players, hosts, and in studio- and at home audiences alike. Notorious for their physical humor, innuendo (or outright erotic nature), seemingly dangerous challenges, and brutal punishments, these programs took traditional calm game shows and flipped them on their head. This started a revolution around the world where other countries started replicating the concepts and ideas from the original Japanese shows in order to try and attract similar followings and ratings.

Of course, at least when it comes to the United States and the many laws and restrictions we have for what can appear on broadcast television, these imitation shows are nowhere near as good as the originals. Even with short-lived attempts like Hole in the Wall, I Survived a Japanese Game Show, and Silent Library or bigger hits like Wipeout and American Ninja Warrior, the level of absurdity is much more tame.

Though we may never have ridiculous game shows in the U.S.A. like they have in Japan, it doesn’t mean we can’t love them! Check out some of the wildest game shows ever to come out of Japan!

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