ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Website of the Week
Japander is primarily dedicated to exposing the secret lives of Western celebrities.
Apparently, Hollywood stars need to seek alternative means to afford luxurious
condos and Armani clothing — possessions necessary to maintain that enviable
The site offers two meanings for the word “Japander”:
1. A Western star who uses his or her fame to make large sums of money in
a short time by advertising products in Japan they would probably never use.
2. To make an ass of oneself in the Japanese media.
And which celebrities succumb to such humility in the name of the sweet, sweet
dollar? Cameron Diaz, Ewan McGregor, Mariah Carey, Mel Gibson... the list is
Of course, it’s not simply enough to hear about these acts; Japander
sets it up so that you can actually view these highly entertaining commercials.
Rod Stewart uses his heavenly voice to sell Subaru cars, Charlize Theron interacts
with muppets to sell Hondas and Richard Gere sings “No woman, no cry” to
Probably the most amusing aspect is the attempt to normalize the blend of
Japanese and English, as they coexist during the majority of ads. The entertainment
level is also quite high when celebrities try to speak Japanese.