That way madness lies. A tsukemono (pickled cucumber) dog.
— Mulboyne (@Mulboyne) April 17, 2015
Previous reports weird wiener reports on the 3Yen include:
The new Tokyo Taco Bell is the first in world to have stairs to prevent those pesky handicapped people from entering. (See 1:28 in the video.)
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Previous reports tako/taco reports on the 3Yen include:
Besides Taco Bell Japan’s new no-handicapped-access store, the “lame” joke is that the word tako (タコ) in Japanese means octopus and fittingly can be slang for a “stupid person.”
Hello, I’m Aiko Chihara and I want to suck your soul.
Robotic Customer Service? In This Japanese Store, That’s the Point
Wall Street Journal / JRT blog / April 16, 2015
Toshiba Corp. will debut its humanoid robot at the information desk of an upscale department store in Tokyo…to provide audio guidance to customers…The robot’s appearance wasn’t modeled on any specific person but was designed to give a friendly impression at the Mitsukoshi department store in Nihonbashi, on Monday and Tuesday…more..
Previous reports of robot working girls on the 3Yen include:
Researchers from the Keio Institute of Pure and Applied Sciences (KiPAS) want to stick an artificial tail on you to study how you would adapt to brain-machine interface and become a better/cuter cyborg.
Researchers use artificial tail to study how we adapt to brain-machine interfaces
Robohub | 2015-Apr-13…The method used in this research is to observe, in the laboratory, a group of about ten people who have an artificial tail, which can drive a brain-machine interface, attached to their body…learn(ing) how to move the artificial tail, and …us(ing) it skillfully, like their own body, through trial and error…more...
Previous reports of growing cute robotic appendages on the 3Yen include:
• Brainwave reading robotic cat ears (3Yen / 2011-05-06)
• Mind-reading gadget (3Yen / 2014-10-03)
• How to get Japanese tail (3Yen / 2012-09-26)
…Hideaki Kawashima summons primal anxieties of removable skin, made more relevant by the rise of virtual, second lives…
Exhibition at Ben Maltz Gallery
Exhibition at Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design (Los Angeles): Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal
—From the 1985 film, “Brazil”, the perpetual facelift of the character Mrs. Ida Lowry played by Katherine Helmond (IMDb.com)
1932 LION brand toothpaste advertising from the lead-up to WWII:
The women-to-men-crossdressing Takarazuka Revue (3Yen 2012-04-20) had fun with the “Nanking* Bomber Corps” in the advert of the Asahi Shimbun newspaper of November 4, 1937 shown below.
*Learn more about the Nanking Massacre AKA Rape of Nanking (Wiki).
Freaky-fraudulent Japanese nose improvement devices are one of the most commented on topics* here on the 3Yen over the years.
Even though these quack health items are useless, torturous nose clamps like the Hanahana™ “nose reformer“ attract much interest from the nasally challenged in Japan.
Today I was delighted to stumble across a new torture device marketed to fight the Japanese phobia of having a too small nose, the COPONG™.
Aside from the fun of ramming a springy nasal splint up your nose, I was trying to figure out why it is obtrusively colored black. It would seem a black device would be highly noticeable.
It turns out that this black device is from the US where the Nose Secret “Instant Results Reshape Your Nose Kit” was developed for the Afro-American market.
*Previous nosy reports on the 3Yen include:
• ‘Nose Up’! (3Yen / 2010-08-03)
• Matter of perspective in Japan (3Yen / 2010-08-12)
• Japanese NOSE ELECTROCUTION! (3Yen / 2009-10-03)
• HanaHana™ Get your big nose beauty! (3Yen / 2005-07-04)
• Vibrator glasses for a “taller” nose (3Yen / 2005-01-21/)
The above is from the animated intro for the NHK program, “Flowers bloom in the Northeast.”
The program is tour of the Northeast of Japan with a “mysterious girl” that the public broadcaster, NHK, has aired as part of the reconstruction campaign for the Great Tohoku Earthquake/Tsunami/Nuclear Disaster of 2011 (Wiki).
You can view the entire animation at the official NHK website…
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The Japanese government’s “Cool Japan” initiative (3Yen 015-04-09) promoting hinky schoolgirl manga and anime is having some interesting results in the tourism industry.
Other 3Yen posts dealing Tokyo’s problems with molesters include:
• HOW-TO GUIDE for ‘CHIKAN’/MOLESTER FUN!
(3Yen / 2006-07)
• Groping, Tokyo’s favorite pastime on the trains
(3Yen / 2005-02)
↓ Please molest behind the white line (3Yen / 2009-08)
The Japanese government’s “Cool Japan” initiative seeking to exploit the commercial capital of the country’s culture industry (Wiki) seems to be a bust in Malaysia.
Mall selling sexy dolls bust-ed
thestar.com / April 9, 2015
In a successful bust, the [Malaysian] Home Ministry’s Al-Quran Text and Publishing Control Division seized RM14,234.20 worth of prohibited and obscene [Japanese] material from a popular shopping mall in Petaling Jaya. More…
photo credit: dannychoo.com
Previous reports of the government’s “Cool Japan” initiative on the 3Yen include:
• Cool Japan Expo in Paris is full of K-pop! (3Yen / 2014-07-24)
• Is Japan Cool? Toilets! (3Yen / 2012-03-07)
• ‘Gross National Cool’ as Japan’s foreign policy (3Yen / )