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Native nameラーメンズ
Alma materTama Art University
Years active1996-2009
Genres Owarai
  • Jin Katagiri
  • Kentarō Kobayashi
Website www.rahmens.net

Same year/generation as:
Drunk Dragon
Shinagawa Shoji

Rahmens(ラーメンズ,Rāmenzu) is a Japanese comedy duo, referred to as an owarai kombi , consisting of Jin Katagiri (片桐 仁) and Kentarō Kobayashi (小林 賢太郎).


Owarai (お笑い) is a broad word used to describe Japanese comedy as seen on television. The word owarai is the honorific form of the word warai, meaning "a laugh" or "a smile". Owarai is most common on Japanese variety shows and the comedians are referred to as owaraigeinin or owarai tarento. Presently Japan is considered to be in an "owarai boom", and many minor talents have been finding sudden fame after a gag or skit became popular.

Jin Katagiri is a comedian, actor, sculptor, and potter from Saitama Prefecture, Japan. He graduated from Kasukabe High School and Tama Art University. Outside Japan, he is most well known for playing the PC in the "Get A Mac" advertising campaign in Japan. He is a member of the Rahmens owarai comedy duo.

Kentarō Kobayashi is a Japanese comedian, actor, dramaturge, theatre director, and manga artist. Outside Japan, he is most well known for directing and acting in "The Japanese Tradition (日本の形)" videos, and for playing the Mac in the "Get A Mac" advertising campaign in Japan. He is a member of the Rahmens owarai comedy duo. His manga series, Hana Usagi, ran from 1999 to 2004 in Young Magazine Uppers.



Katagiri and Kobayashi met as students and formed a conte group in 1996 while studying printmaking at Tama Art University in Tokyo. They became popular on a national scale after appearing on the NHK show On Air Battle in 1999. [1] Thereafter, Rahmens generally appeared for live performances on stage rather than on televised programs. Kobayashi reported that he personally was motivated more toward stage performance because the idea of being a TV celebrity was unappealing, and did not want people coming to see him simply because of his TV presence. [2] Of the pair, Kobayashi is generally responsible for scriptwriting and stage direction behind the group's performances. [1] [3]

The following glossary of words and terms are related to owarai. Many of these terms may be used in areas of Japanese culture beyond comedy, including television and radio, music. Some have been incorporated into normal Japanese speech.

Tama Art University university

Tama Art University or Tamabi (多摩美) is a private art university located in Tokyo, Japan. It is known as one of the top art schools in Japan.

Tokyo Capital of Japan

Tokyo, officially Tokyo Metropolis, one of the 47 prefectures of Japan, has served as the Japanese capital since 1869. As of 2018, the Greater Tokyo Area ranked as the most populous metropolitan area in the world. The urban area houses the seat of the Emperor of Japan, of the Japanese government and of the National Diet. Tokyo forms part of the Kantō region on the southeastern side of Japan's main island, Honshu, and includes the Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands. Tokyo was formerly named Edo when Shōgun Tokugawa Ieyasu made the city his headquarters in 1603. It became the capital after Emperor Meiji moved his seat to the city from Kyoto in 1868; at that time Edo was renamed Tokyo. The Tokyo Metropolis formed in 1943 from the merger of the former Tokyo Prefecture and the city of Tokyo. Tokyo is often referred to as a city but is officially known and governed as a "metropolitan prefecture", which differs from and combines elements of a city and a prefecture, a characteristic unique to Tokyo.

Their last live performance was in June 2009 during their "TOWER" tour. [4]

Notable performances

Promotional image of Rahmens with Jin Katagiri (left) and Kentaro Kobayashi (right) Rahmens 002.jpg
Promotional image of Rahmens with Jin Katagiri (left) and Kentaro Kobayashi (right)

Rahmens appeared in a regional "Get a Mac" ad campaign produced by Apple Japan, where Katagiri portrays the PC, and Kobayashi portrays the Mac. These advertisements were similar in some respects to content in ads featuring John Hodgeman and Justin Long, [5] but some noted subtle differences in the duo's body language and tone from other "Get a Mac" commercials that were intentionally done for the sake of appealing to a Japanese audience, where ads that directly compare brands are generally not well received. [6]

Get a Mac Television advertising campaign for Apple Inc.

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Rahmens was also featured in a series of short films called "The Japanese Tradition." The films were directed by Junji Kojima with screenplay done by Kobayashi. [7] These films were comedic explanations of customs related to various topics such as sushi and apologizing. [8] [9]

<i>Sushi</i> cooked rice combined with a slice of raw fish

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