The few. The proud. The Koi Dancers.
For those who’ve never spent a day inside an American military base, it’s easy to imagine the institutions as cold, spartan environments. Dawn to dusk must be nothing but a constant rotation between target practice and sparring involving various types of weaponry and hand-to-hand combat styles, right?
But in actuality, military bases are pretty complete communities. So while military men and women take the work they do very seriously, there’s also room in their lives for laughter and love…and even Japan’s “Love Dance,” as this video shows.
在日米海兵隊 (@mcipacpao) January 27, 2017
Shared by the official Japanese-language Twitter account of the U.S. Marine Corps, the video shows a number of Marines performing a brief version of the Koi Dance (koi being the Japanese word for “love”). After rising to popularity as the ending credit sequence for TV drama Nigeru ha Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu (also known as Nigehaji or We Married as a Job), the Koi Dance has become a pop culture phenomenon in Japan.
This isn’t the first time representatives of the United States have busted out their Koi Dance moves, as employees of the U.S. embassy and consulates in Japan did something similar last month.
Reactions to the Marines’ video from Japanese Twitter users have included:
“They’re pretty good.”
“So you think Japanese people will like it if you do the Koi Dance? Well…you’re exactly right (≧∇≦)b”
“Now I wanna see them do the full version!”
“They should get the Japan Self-Defense Force and U.S. Seventh Fleet [also based in Japan] in on this.”
Those last two sound like great ideas to us, so hopefully whoever spearheaded the video’s production is listening.
Source, featured image: Twitter/@mcipacpao
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