They say that laughter is contagious—and now here’s proof. On Dec 23, the first-ever Tokyo International Laughter Competition will inject some levity to the proceedings at a pair of venues across town.
According to the organizers, “Competitive laughter is a new international trend, where people demonstrate the skills of contagious laughter to promote more laughter—to the entertainment of a live audience.”
The day begins at 11 a.m. with an hour-long event in Yoyogi Park (free), followed by a competition to crown Japan’s Best Laugher 2010 in Tsukiji from 12:30-4:30 p.m. (entry 6,000 yen). Guests can also catch the Japan premiere of the documentary "Laughology," plus an appearance by the film’s Canadian director, Albert Nerenberg.
For more information, or to audition for the competition, contact Akira Sugiura at 070-5599-1410 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To attend the Yoyogi Park event, meet Sugiura at 10:45 a.m. at the Omotesando exit of Harajuku station.
Tsukiji Shakai Kyoiku Kaikan, 4-15-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku. Tel: 03-3542-4801. Nearest station: Tsukiji, Exit A3.© Metropolis magazine (www.metropolis.co.jp)