Big in Japan

I think I first heard the phrase “Big in Japan” to describe Cheap Trick, which was a pretty under the radar band in the US until they gained a massive following in Japan, did a tour there, and somehow that translated into success back in the states. Despite them being big in Japan, I don't actually know who the Japanese bands are that are on record as being influenced by Cheap Trick. Does anyone who is much deeper into the world of Japanese music than me know of some examples?

In video games, Wizardry is one of the first instances of "Big in Japan" that comes to mind, whose Japanese offspring range from the original Dragon Quest to the far more obvious successor Etrian Odyssey.

Typically when the phrase "Big in Japan" is used in Western media, the greater cultural impact isn't really talked about. It's described as a mysterious process where for some reason Japanese people really like some weird inane American thing (or Danish in the case of, say, Michael Learns to Rock (actually this might just be a "big in China" thing rather than"big in Japan")) rejected by its homeland, and left at that. As a forum of people not-from-Japan who are very interested in Japanese stuff, I want to talk about the Japanese legacy of western stuff that ended up big in Japan. What examples can you think of?

Big in Japan always reminds me of Big in Japan.

@“Karasu”#p118241 I was literally listening to this song as I made this thread lol

@“saddleblasters”#p118242 lol, I’m glad I’m not the only one!

But seriously, Lode Runner is one of these, a game that I think reached its final form in Japan!

Baseball comes to mind for me. There was no shortage of baseball videogames made in Japan throughout the ‘80s and early ’90s. Whatever installment of Family Stadium was released here as RBI Baseball for NES is still quite enjoyable. I also like Super Baseball Simulator 1.000 for SNES.

The first time I remember hearing the phrase was when faintly annoying girl group Shampoo launched their single Trouble in 1994. It was all over the radio constantly along with the assurance that they were big in Japan.

They released a single called “Girl Power” a week before the Spice Girls debuted “Wannabe” and then faded into obscurity. I hadn’t seen the delightfully video game themed video before till just now.

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