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You see, Nasubi was the star of Japanese TV show, and he was living inside an empty apartment, completely alone and surviving only on sweepstakes prizes, all for a shot at fame.
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The producers of this torture-themed reality series, which ran from 1998 to 2002, took things so far that the government actually stepped in and cancelled.Without knowing any of it, hed nba all star game three point contest winners become rich and famous.Other than that, the room was bare.Wearing nothing but his birthday suit, Nasubi got to work, filling out 100 word short story reader's digest postcards and entering nearly 300 contests a day.His crazy antics were already all over the TV, and 16 million people were watching him run around naked, barely making it on rice, and occasionally dancing like nobody was looking.Confused, he took off every last stitch of clothing and covered his privates with the cushion.Made IN japan, in January 1998, a struggling 23-year-old standup comedian known only by his stage name Nasubi (Eggplant) heard about an audition for a mysterious "show-business related job" and decided to try out for.People watched him on a 24-hour live feed and read his diaries which producers had published.Assuming he had to play another round, Nasubi took off his clothes, and thats when the walls fell down."I'm so shocked Nasubi finally said, "I can't express what I feel.".He had to win anything he used or ate (the crew probably provided him with food, but not much, apparently).Whenever something bad happens and life seems miserable, he simply reminds himself that at least hes not back in that room.It took quite a while for all this information to sink.When the show was finally over, the producers took him back to the Land of the Rising Sun. .It took him two weeks to win his first prize -a jar of jelly.It had already been published and was a bestselling book, one that had earned him millions of yen (ten of thousands of dollars) in royalties.Although Nasubi admitted that at certain points he wanted to escape and feared that he was going bonkers, he never really addressed WHY the hell hed do something like this for so long.This time he had to raise the money to get back home.Once Nasubi reached his 10,000 goal, the producers gave him clothes and flew him to South Korea where he spent the day enjoying the scenery.