Hot Dog Eating as Metaphor

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Forget metaphor, let’s just say out loud what I know you are thinking: the defeat of Takeru Kobayashi at the 2007 Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest signals the end of Japanese global dominance.

But how unfair: American Joey Chestnut took the title away from the long-time champion only after stealing eating techniques that Kobayashi invented.

Again, we see the same pattern: the Japanese create original conceptual innovations, and the Americans appropriate these and profit from small incremental innovations upon the Japanese ideas. Kobayashi — coming out of an incredibly creative Japanese education system — invented the “Solomon technique,” and now those brain-dead zombies from the United States have stolen it and used their massive advantages in thuggish physique to beat the genius at his own game. Kobayashi must have been thinking about this when he very literally threw up a little in his own mouth.

First, hot dogs, next steel production. Will karma catch up to Americans or will they be allowed to keep profiting off the innovations of others?

Marxy wrote a lot of essays back on his old site Néomarxisme. This is one of them.

21 Responses

  1. john Says:

    First hot dog eating, then automobile manufacturing, the incremental steps between the two are so obvious I am not going to debate them unless you read this book, the most insightful piece on Japan I’ve ever read

    http://www.amazon.com/Speed-Tribes-Nights-Japans-Generation/dp/0060926651

    (Is your post a translation of a 2ch post or something?)

  2. marxy Says:

    Re: Speed Tribes. I am happy to point you to my archives:

    http://www.pliink.com/mt/marxy/archives/000820.html

  3. Rory P. Wavekrest Says:

    Tell me more about this “Solomon Technique.”

  4. Carl Says:

    You cut them babies in half, son.

  5. Rory P. Wavekrest Says:

    And that’s kosher?
    hawt dawg!

  6. Aceface Says:

    Not another “Pakuri” post in a week!

  7. Oxo Says:

    Oh, John. You just got served.
    I completely agree with you, marxy. By the way, your CD rocks!

  8. marxy Says:

    Thanks, Oxo.

    Also – if you are wondering why there’s not much going on here, we are busy working on the new site that will mostly likely launch in August. More soon.

  9. Aceface Says:

    Anybody had eaten Nathan’s hotdogs lately?
    I ate it couple month ago at Tokyu department store in Kichijyoji.The stand is right next to starbucks.It was major dissapointment.I’ll stick to Doutor coffee’s “German Hotdog”

  10. marxy Says:

    I like Nathan’s hot dogs generally. I just tend to eat 1 or 2.

  11. Rory P. Wavekrest Says:

    whole or haved

  12. marxy Says:

    I prefer not to dip the buns in water. That’s kind of gross. Then again, I am not really a professional eater. I just do it for sustenance.

  13. john Says:

    Ah fake posts, they are the best.

  14. pamutron Says:

    i like sabrett’s the best.

  15. Kim Jong-il Hater Says:

    The commentator on ESPN said that Joey Chesnut winning this thing was one of the greatest things to happen in American sports history.

    One day later the US beats Brazil 2-1 at the U-20 Championship.

  16. Rory P. Wavekrest Says:

    “One day later the US beats Brazil 2-1 at the U-20 Championship.”

    Of dog-eatin’?

  17. Kim Jong-il Hater Says:

    Nah, soccer. That is one great moment in American sports history.

  18. TJJ Says:

    “You cut them babies in half, son.”

    Wouldn’t that be the Herod technique, then?

    Solomon technique would be more like pretending to cut them in half and then swallowing them whole, for great justice.

  19. Max Says:

    So if Kobayashi is now a symbol of terminal decline, does that mean a frightening rise in nationalistic anti-bear sentiment?

    Is there a tie-in with Stephen Colbert?

    http://fox59.trb.com/entertainment/foxnetwork/stv-fox-man-vs-beast-gallery,0,366180.photogallery?coll=wxin-ent-utility&index=5

  20. Andy Says:

    TJJ said:

    “”You cut them babies in half, son.”

    Wouldn’t that be the Herod technique, then?

    Solomon technique would be more like pretending to cut them in half and then swallowing them whole, for great justice.”

    Sorry to make use of an over-milked internet meme but seriously; Best. Post. Ever.

  21. marxy Says:

    Yeah, I thought that was funny too.