This Japanese Commercial Is Surreal

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And honestly, that’s saying something.

Kobayashi Pharmaceutical, a major Japanese pharmaceutical company that’s been in business over a hundred years, has rolled out a new advertising campaign that’s...um. Just watch.

The product is called Hananoa, and it’s to help those with pollen and dust allergies.

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There are two versions of this product: One that washes out the nasal cavity, and then pours out of the nostril, and another type that you spit out after it clears out your sinus.

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So a product like this will certainly find use (heck, I get bad hay fever, so I might use it). But the ad certainly is striking and is surprising people in Japan, too, with it being dubbed “surreal” online. Others were amazed at the woman who appeared in the ad, remarking at how she’s a real pro to agree to this.

According to Livedoor News, there is even a small ad for Hananoa on Tokyo’s Yamanote Line, one of the busiest train lines in the world!

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I haven’t seen the ad yet on TV here in Japan yet, but look forward to the day I do.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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chronicpeace
CHRONICpeace

I’ll be the first to say that clearing your sinus using a neti pot is one of the best feelings I have felt. Its right up there with a good sneeze. Her smile, and reaction, sums up that feeling best.

That being said, what’s surreal about this?