After being robbed of their savings by Snake at an Internet café, the Simpsons start scrounging for money for their family vacation. They soon learn they can get cheap plane tickets by booking last-minute flights to an unknown location. The flight they get onto flies to Tokyo, Japan, where the Simpsons take in Asian culture -- and must compete on a game show in order to fly home.
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!!This episode includes examples of:
* AmusingInjuries: The family participates with a Japanese game show, which are notorious for being sadistic (not on the scale the show has it, but pretty close), or as the host says, "[American] game shows reward knowledge. [Japanese game shows] punish ignorance."
* {{Animeland}}: The show's take on Japan, which is why the actual country does not air the episode.
* ArtisticLicenseGeography: Several Japanese landmarks are all shown within short distance of each other.
* [[BannedInChina Banned In Japan]]: This episode was banned for its stereotypical portrayal of the Japanese (nothing too bad, but the Japanese audiences definitely won't like the Hello Kitty factory burning live cats[[note]]even though Hello Kitty is a Korean product, not a Japanese one, and given the two countries' hatred for each other, it would be very offensive to mention this[[/note]], the scene with ''Battling Seizure Robots''[[note]]especially after the whole "Electric Soldier Porygon" fiasco that happened around this time[[/note]], Homer tossing the Japanese emperor into a sumo thong Dumpster, and the sadistic Japanese game show). The episode is even missing from the season 10 DVD release in Japan, so if you're Japanese (or moved to/stationed in Japan from another country) and you love this episode of ''The Simpsons'', [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes good luck trying to find it elsewhere]].
* BitingTheHandHumor: While on the web, Homer invested on "something called News Corp":
-->'''Lisa''': Dad! That's FOX!
-->'''Homer''': AAAAAH! UNDO! UNDO!
* TheCameo:
** Uncle Pennybags, the mascot of the game "Monopoly" makes an appearance
** Homer mistakes Emperor Akihito (who, at the time, didn't look that old) for a sumo wrestler and throws him in the sumo thong Dumpster.
** Notorious kaiju monsters Franchise/{{Godzilla}}, Franchise/{{Gamera}}, Film/{{Rodan}} and Film/{{Mothra}} have a cameo near the end.
* CuttingCorners: The Simpsons try to do this after they get robbed and attend a seminar to help them save wisely.
* EasySexChange: As Chuck Garabedian shows the audience the picture of his boat packed with beautiful women.
-->"And those beautiful women? They used to be men."
* EpilepticFlashingLights: The family have an epileptic fit after watching ''Battling Seizure Robots''.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Homer is completely disinterested in going to the new Internet cafe until Bart tells him about "a website that shows monkeys doing it."
-->'''Homer:''' C'mon, Lisa! Monkeys!
* GratuitousJapanese: After the family's last one million yen flies off with the wind, Homer yells out "Shimatta baka ni!"[[note]]Subtitled, "[[CatchPhrase D'oh!]]," though the Japanese more directly translates to, "Damned fool!"[[/note]] in frustration. Otherwise Bart and Homer speak [[SurprisinglyGoodForeignLanguage accurate Japanese]].
* GlobalIgnorance: Homer prefers to visit an American restaurant in Japan instead of going to a Japanese one.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: When Homer mistook Lisa's copy of ''Magazine/{{Wired}}'' for a magazine called "Weird":
-->'''Homer:''' "Gigabyte"! ''(laughs)'' They've done it again -- "gigabyte".
* TheInternetIsForPorn: Lisa protests that the internet is more than a global pornography network, but Homer stopped listening at "a website where monkeys do it".
* UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}: Several NationalStereotypes references to things Japan is famous for are made: the gong, Creator/AkiraKurosawa, bowing, The Meij Shrine, The Imperial Gardens, HelloKitty, paper thin walls, floor mats, fusuma doors, musical toilets, anime, square melons, {{Japandering}}, sumo wrestling, The Emperor, wasabi, The47Ronin, origami, flower arranging, fish products, their notoriously sadistic game shows, the Tokyo Tower, whaling and Franchise/{{Godzilla}}. The title itself is a reference to the movie Film/ThirtyMinutesOverTokyo about bombings by the Allied Forces on Japan during World War Two.
* JapanesePoliteness: The hotel where the Simpsons checked in had a sign stating they had 20 percent more bowing.
* {{Japandering}}: The Simpsons see Creator/Woody Allen doing this.
* KarmaHoudini: Snake steals all of The Simpsons' vacation money and (as far as the episode is concerned) he doesn't get punished for it nor do The Simpsons get their money back.
** By the same token, Homer steals Ned's tickets to Chuck Garabedian's seminar.
* LightningCanDoAnything: When tied to Tokyo Tower, Homer is struck by lightning several times in a row. And survives!
* LuckyTranslation: the Spanish version of "Hasta la vista, baby!" is "Sayonara, baby!". Sayonara means "goodbye" in Japanese.
* MyCountryTisOfTheeThatISting: The Simpsons prefer going to an American restaurant instead of doing something Japanese. Their waiter takes his "American" role very literally:
-->'''Waiter:''' Don't ask me; I don't know anything! I'm product of American education system. I also build poor-quality cars and inferior-style electronics.
-->'''Homer:''' [cackles] Oh, they got our number!
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: A spoof of Creator/WoodyAllen is seen [[{{Japandering}} doing a Japanese commercial]].
* RashomonStyle: Creator/AkiraKurosawa's movie is referenced cleverly in the following dialogue:
-->'''Marge''': Come on, Homer. Japan will be fun! You liked ''Film/{{Rashomon}}''.
-->'''Homer''': That's not how '''''I''''' remember it!
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech / ShamingTheMob: After the Simpsons win their plane tickets on the Japanese game show:
--> '''Homer''': Before I go, I want to say something. Game shows aren't about cruelty, they're about greed and wonderful prizes like poorly-built catamarans, but somewhere along the line you lost your way. For shame.
* RetroactiveWish: Attempted and failed.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The scene where The Simpsons gets seizures from watching ''Battling Seizure Robots'' is a reference to the infamous ''Pokemon'' episode ("Electric Soldier Porygon") that gave hundreds of Japanese viewers (most of which were children) seizures due to the strobe effects.
* SeriesFauxnale: A lot of fans speculated that this was (or would be) the final episode, as evidenced by Bart's chalkboard punishment line, "I am so very tired," which they thought was the writers telling viewers that they were tired of doing the show (that and the episodes in season ten ranging from mediocre to downright horrid). This was later {{Jossed}}.
* ShoutOut:
** The title is a reference to "30 Seconds Over Tokyo", an American World War II movie about the bombing of Japan.
** Lisa notices the HelloKitty factory.
** Homer mentions he and Bart were in ''The47Ronin'' while in jail.
** One of Barney's lines to prove to Moe that he's Homer is "That boy ain't right," which is actually one of Hank Hill's catchphrases on ''King of the Hill''[[note]]along with "I tell you hwhat," and "I sell propane and propane accessories"[[/note]] whenever his son Bobby does something that Hank finds embarrassing.
** Near the end Franchise/{{Godzilla}}, Franchise/{{Gamera}}, Franchise/{{Mothra}} and Franchise/{{Rodan}} appear.
** Lisa seeing Godzilla's eye from the airplane window mimics the scene in ''Film/JurassicPark'' where the girl sees the T-Rex's eye through the car window.
** At the sumo ring, Homer [[BorrowedCatchphrase borrowed]] [[ArnoldSchwarzenegger Arnold Schwarzenegger's]] catchphrase "Hasta la vista, baby".
*** The Spanish version of that phrase is "Sayonara, baby!", which fits even better in the situation.
* SpecialGuest: GeorgeTakei (who first appeared on ''TheSimpsons'' as the first voice of Japanese restauranteur and karate teacher Akira) stars as the game show host Wink.
* TechnologicallyBlindElders: Homer finds the word "gigabyte" amusing, and this is his reaction when Lisa offers to show him how to order pizza over the internet:
-->'''Homer:''' The internet? Is that thing still around?
* TechnologyMarchesOn: These days, Snake wouldn't need a floppy disk to steal The Simpsons' online bank account; he can just hack the bank website.
* TemptingFate: Near the beginning of the episode, while Homer is having fun at the cybercafe:
-->'''Lisa:''' Dad, do we have ''any'' money left?\\
'''Homer:''' Well, let's check the old bank account. ''(brings up a bar graph on one of the computers he's using)'' See? Even after all my cyber-squandering, we've still got $1200.\\
''(cue Snake holding up the cybercafe and robbing Homer)''