After church Homer [Simpson] takes Bart and Lisa to the Springfield dump, where they find a box of Japanese dishwasher detergent known as Mr. Sparkle. The face on the box of detergent greatly resembles Homer. Homer, disturbed by the box of Mr. Sparkle, contacts the manufacturer in Japan for information. He is sent a promotional video for Mr. Sparkle, which consists of a bizarre TV commercial. At the end of the video, the mascot is shown to be a result of a joint venture between two large Japanese conglomerates whose mascots, a fish and light bulb, merge together to form Mr. Sparkle.
Pizza or pizza pie is the name of an oven-baked, flat, usually round bread covered with tomato sauce and cheese with other toppings left optional. While originating as a part of Italian cuisine, the dish has become extremely popular all over the world.
Pizza-La (ピザーラ) is the highest-grossing pizza chain in Japan. Franchises of the chain are located in 34 of Japan’s 47 prefectures.
Hitachi was founded in 1910 as an electrical repair shop. Today it is one of the leading retailers in new technology.
Kuroyanagi Tetsuko (Japanese language: 黒柳徹子), born August 9, 1933 in Tokyo) is a well-known Japanese TV personality.
Due to its lack of dialog, Tom and Jerry was easily translated into various foreign languages. Tom and Jerry began broadcast in Japan in 1964. A 2005 nationwide survey taken in Japan by TV Asahi, sampling age groups from teenagers to adults in their sixties, in 2005 ranked Tom and Jerry #85 in a list of the top 100 anime of all time, while their web poll taken after the airing of the list ranked it at #58 – the only non-Japanese animation on the list (it should be noted that in Japan, the word “anime” refers to all animation regardless of origin, not just Japanese animation).