Horse Racing

Last Sunday I went to the Japan Cup, a horse racing extravaganza at the Tokyo Race Track. Tens of thousands of people show up to watch a few races and bet the house on which steed will bring home the bacon.

As I walked into the park I noticed a rather large stuffed bear greeting visitors to the giant grand stand that is the Tokyo Fuchu Race Track:

Ahhhh a cute bear!
Awwwww a cute bear!
Ahhhh look it's greeting families!  Everyone loves teddy bears!
Awwwww look it’s greeting families! Everyone loves teddy bears!
TED at Fuchu Race Track2
Wait … is it hitting on that girl?
Lets get a little closer
Let’s get a little closer
What does his name tag say?
What does his name tag say?
TED that foul mouth, talking bear?
It’s TED that foul mouth, talking bear!!!!

That’s right TED the talking bear from the Seth MacFarlane blockbuster movie of the same name, TED (2012).  TED!! The dirty little bear was the ambassador to an event that the Japanese Racing association is always, painfully, trying to make the most family friendly of all the family friendly horse racing events. This is a bear that in the movie:

Is constantly chasing questionable tail
Is constantly chasing questionable tail
Doing all sort of illicit drugs
Doing all sorts of illicit drugs
Is about sexy time all the time.
And is about sexy time all the time.

Sure, sure I know it was just a movie but you have to understand that this is Japan.  A Japan that is crazy hypersensitive when it comes to drugs. A while back there was an national manhunt for an actress who admitted she may have a few weeks before done meth. Not caught with it, or caught while on it, no she admitted she did it, only to be arrested, disgraced and purged. Then for the Japanese public to turn around and embrace a cuddly bear that represents everything about drug culture Japan that fears!  Blows.  My.  Mind.

As for the main race,  I didn’t win.  No sunny retirement in the beautiful Italian countryside.  Just debt, a debt that needs to be repaid!

Japan Cup
My horse was Admiral Rakti!! I should have known IT’S A TRAP!

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