Tokyo Friend Park II (Tokyo Broadcasting System, Japan, mid-90s)

We have no idea what, if anything, Tokyo Friend Park 1 was, but here is a show that started in April 1994 and has been on Monday nights ever since. With thanks to Dan for filling in the missing details.

Tokyo Friend Park 2. These aren’t brilliant quality images I’m afraid to say. There’s also a dinosaur on a rollercoaster.

Here are our hosts. Not a clue, sorry.

And more importantly, here our contestants coming in on a rollercoaster! Amazing.

Like in many Japanese gameshows, the contestants are celebrities. Today, they are Japanese Pro Wrestler Thunder Lyger and other Japanese pro-wrestler Shinya Hashimoto. Age 30!

This is what they’re aiming to win – coins. Each one worth 100,000 Yen on their own (that’s about £500). However, they can be swapped for darts which they can throw for prizes…

… or they can swap five for an all-expenses paid trip to Disneyland! Lovely!

To earn coins, they’re going to play five games. Winning one earns a coin, although particularly good performances can earn more.

Today’s first game is Wall Crash.

Some of the more physical games are demonstated by a Japanese comic.

The object is to run along the runway, jump on the trampoline and launch yourself at the wall. Using your velcro gloves, try and get yourself up as high as possible, each hand is scored seperately. To win, they must either get both hands in the Clear zone up the top, or score 200 points between them with two attempts each. No points are scored for sticking to the No Go Zone in the middle, there.

That, basically.

Oh dear, Mr Hashimoto hasn’t done very well here, but at least everyone’s in hysterics!

And the game is not cleared.

Game Two is Chu Chu Busters. It’s sort of like a giant game of whack-a-mole.

In 2:30, they must score 3000 points by punching the puppets that pop in and out of the set. They get fifty seconds on their own, and the final fifty seconds is both together.

There are several "bonus" chu-chus that require multiple-punches. These two require fifty each, and on the individual rounds a jet of smoke introduces a bonus chu-chu that require 20 punches to destroy. Those are worth 500 and 200 apiece.

And it’s a win!

Game three is Mimic Paradise, which is a bit like a game on Michael Barrymore’s My Kind of Music. One person tries to do an impression of a famous celebrity whilst the other tries to guess, running between podiums after each go. They need to get 10 in two minutes to win.

Game four is Quiz! Body and Brain!

In this game, one person tries to give answers to a multi-answer question within the time limit, but they can only answer once their partner has the treadmill up to 12kph.

The pair need to get six such questions correct to clear the game. Presumably out of ten going by the rules summary. They swap places once three have been answered correctly.

The final game is Hyper Hockey!

It’s a first-to-seven game of team air-hockey against the show’s resident comedians, who are handicapped by having to dress up in silly costumes each week.

Gratuitous graphics shot.

The final section is where they decide what to do with their coins – keep them, or swap them for a chance to throw darts at Bully’s Prize Board.

The star prize is not, in point of fact, a man eating some noodles, it’s the jeep!

Now it looks like the contestants have both selected a couple of prizes they’d like for themselves. These have been placed on the board as well.

So, throw darts at the board and win whatever the dart lands on. To make it more interesting, the board is spinning at a fair old pace.

Those grey bits on the board are the booby prizes – a sponge!

And comedy abounds, that’s precisely what he’s won!

But with his second dart he wins the fishing gear! AMAZING.

Now we’re not quite sure how the distribution of prizes works, whether you win what you throw or what, because this appeared to be one of Thunder Lyger’s chosen prizes and he seemed very happy. Perhaps they get one each?

After the celebrities have used all their darts, a large perspex container filled to the brim with postcards is wheeled on. One postcard is picked, and the viewer selected wins a prize by having one of the celebs throw another dart at the board.

And that’s the end of the show!

7 thoughts on “Tokyo Friend Park II (Tokyo Broadcasting System, Japan, mid-90s)

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  2. Poochy.EXE

    Just came across this page looking for some old episodes of this show, and I can offer a couple clarifications and corrections:

    In the second picture, the host is Hiroshi Sekiguchi (right) and the co-host is Masayuki Watanabe (left).

    The Euro Disney trip isn’t in exchange for 5 coins; it’s a bonus prize for winning at least 1 coin in each game (which the show calls a “Grand Slam”). If you successfully pull it off, you get the trip AND all the coins, plus a shower of confetti. (It is in fact possible, albeit really hard, to win more than one coin in a single game. But if you win 2 coins in one game and 0 in another, you don’t get the Euro Disney trip even if you accumulate 5 coins total.)

    On Wall Crash, you only need any part of one hand in any part of either Clear Zone to get the automatic win. Even if you only get a fingertip there, it still counts.

    In the Big Challenge, I’m fairly sure (but not 100% sure) that only the thrower gets the prize they hit, although they can opt to gift it to their teammate if they wish (and the first hit on a requested prize usually gets gifted to whoever requested it – this seems to be an unofficial honor code amongst contestants). If more than one dart hits the same space, they get an additional duplicate of the prize for each dart.

    The show’s official site is here: http://www.tbs.co.jp/tfp2/
    And there’s a Hall of Fame listing every team which has ever pulled off a Grand Slam here: http://www.tbs.co.jp/tfp2/grand.html

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  3. Guy Lobner

    “Tokyo Friend Park 2” ended on March 28, 2011 after some seventeen years. However, there’s a show with a similar format, called “VS Arashi,” which has been airing on Fuji TV since April 2008. Besides, if Hiroshi Sekiguchi’s new show doesn’t work out, then there might be a “Tokyo Friend Park 3” in store. Just a thought.

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    1. Guy Lobner

      Hey, gang! Check out Keshi Head’s website. He has seven episodes of “VS Arashi” with fan commentary, as well as some “Tokyo Friend Park” episodes. I’m thinking Keshi Heads (whose real first name is Mark) is from either Scotland or Northern Ireland, depending on the accent.

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      1. Guy Lobner

        Good news, everyone! (as Professor Farnsworth would say). Keshi Heads uploaded an eighth episode of VS Arashi in his website. I, for one, hope to see it soon.

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