Japan's Butt-Biting Bug Song & Video Creates Infectious Buzz

Japan goes wild for Butt-Biting Bugs!Japan goes wild for Butt-Biting Bugs!
Whether shopping in downtown Tokyo, relaxing at home with family or out on the town with friends or co-workers, Japanese just can't seem to get enough of - or away from - the Butt-Biting Bug!

"Butt-Biting Bug" is the English translation of "Oshiri Kajiri Mushi". Any way you say it, this short & sweet little ditty will worm itself into your head after only a couple of listens - and listen to it you will! The Butt-Biting Bug song and accompanying video are proving to be so popular, in fact, that to avoid hearing its tantalizing techno tones most anywhere in Japan is next to impossible.

The phenomenon began earlier this year when the Butt-Biting Bug video began to appear on "Minna no Uta" ("Everyone's Songs"), a five minute TV and radio program broadcast several times daily since 1961 by Japan's national network, NHK. Kids picked up on the monotonous yet curiously catchy beat, followed by teens and their parents.


It's popularity was confirmed when "Oshiri Kajiri Mushi" broke into the Oricon Top Ten Singles chart on September 24, assuring it of even more airplay.

OK then, here's the video for "Oshiri Kajiri Mushi" complete with English subtitles c/o Japan Probe and NHK:


The subtitles don't really explain much, so I asked an actual Japanese person - my charming wife - what it all means. The story goes that a butt-biting bug from the country moves to the city, all excited because there are so many butts to bite there. Sadly though, the city people are tired, grumpy, miserable and so on, making their butts taste bitter and making the bug-biting bug sick. OK, so it's not exactly "War and Peace", but bear with me...

All is not lost, however. Through a strict regimen of traditional remedies and Zen discipline, the butt-biting bug regains his health along with a new determination to bite butts! Very Japanese, this - well, not the butt-biting but you get my gist.



Try a little tushi with your sushi?Try a little tushi with your sushi?

And there you have it. If you like the song and don't get either TV Japan on cable or NHK via satellite TV, just keep playing the YouTube video to get your fix of "Oshiri Kajiri Mushi". If you hate it, just be glad you don't live in Japan where the tune blasts from TVs, the radio, store speakers, live stage shows and now even cellphone ring tones! It's stuff like this that graphically illustrates the difference between Japanese society and ours... sometimes it's fun to be different! (via Weird Japan)

Steve Levenstein
Japanese Innovations Writer

Oct 20, 2007
by Gloria Campos
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Thanks I really needed this :)

Steve this is so oddly funny that I now want to bite butts just so I can sing the song.