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Become a star by learning how to get onto a TV show; the insider advice is all in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- Physical fitness
- Strong stomach
- Good equilibrium (optional)
Get in shape
Get into excellent shape. Unlike American game shows, which tend to test mental ability, Japanese game shows usually involve physical challenges. Superior stamina and flexibility will give you an edge over the competition.
Roll with the punches
Be ready to roll with the punches. Game show contestants in Japan don't just compete for prizes: they spar to avoid the punishment meted out to the loser, which can be anything. And we mean anything.
Don't be squeamish
If you're squeamish, get over it. To survive a Japanese game show, you may have to rip the heads off live squid or pass a squirming salamander to a teammate in your mouth.
Have no shame
Expect to be humiliated if you want to survive. A hallmark of Japanese game shows is to embarrass the contestants for the audience's amusement.
Be fearless. In one notorious challenge, contestants wearing raw meat on their heads had to stick their heads inside a cage with a Komodo dragon. Talk about putting your head on the chopping block!