Japanese robots…The neverending story of uselessness

Once again, Japan’s famed robots have been proven to be useless.


WSJ Yoshihisa Ishikawa’s one-night stay at a robot-staffed hotel in western Japan wasn’t relaxing. He was roused every few hours during the night by the doll-shaped assistant in his room asking: “Sorry, I couldn’t catch that. Could you repeat your request?” By 6 a.m., he realized the problem: His heavy snoring was triggering the room’s robot “butler”...more


For years I have railed against Japan’s humanoid robots that don’t actually have any useful function —Japan hits a dead-end for its useless robots (3Yen | 2010-07-17). Finally, The Wall Street Journal has decided to write an exposé of this neverending fraudulent story of Japan’s faux-robot workforce.



New year…New Japanese girlfriend

For the new year, here’s your new Japanese girlfriend, Ms Kosaka Cocona (高坂ここなちゃん).

Cocona-chan is a creation of Speecys Corporation, which they describe her as a ‵‵life-size large motion figure platform.′′ Here on the 3Yen, first covered a “species” aka Speecys-FC ™ way back in 2005. The goal Cocona-chan is: 『 必要な場所に美しい関節を自由に設置できる 』
‵‵To put beautiful joints easily everywhere you need.′′

In the below video, check out what the company calls: “Cocona and her bones dancing together.”


A summary of the Speecys’ patented technology. Previously on the 3Yen we covered Speecys Corporation’s Robot-son-of-a-bitchaibo.


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FREE GHOSN dot com

Ever since the arrest and torture of Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, I have been waiting for a better public response like the following:

A bit more grassroots-cum-crassroots is this giving the finger to the Japanese faux-legal system approach.




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The wacked world of Japanese ‘DEKOTORA’ (decorated trucks)

With the decline of Japan’s independent truckers and the general decline of the working class (seen the West too), it’s truly amazing that they could find 500 dekotora/デコトラ for this New Years meet…

peek into the magical world of dekotora decotruck

Speedhunters.com / 2013Apr04

I visited the Cal Trend paint shop in Saitama during my recent trip to Japan…and was sitting inside the shop talking cars with the guys. This was when I was asked, “Hey, I know this place where they build some crazy Dekotora – wanna check it out?” Speedhunters’ Mike Garrett

Are ‘we’ a mountain or a tapeworm?


Yamao, a mascot for Kyoiku University in Osaka, is based on a mountain near the campus. mondo-mascots
— Mondo Mascots (@mondomascots) January 3, 2019


Yuumi-chama, the patron goddess of the 3Yen writes:
A little known fact about the mascot Yamao-kun (やまおくん) is that before the Meguro Parasitological Museum‘s endowment funding problems*, he used to be their tapeworm mascot Sanadomushi/サナダムシ (L), even though now he claims to be “based on a mountain.”


サナダムシ マスコットキャラクター

Also check out our previous post, Tomoko, the 70 year old tapeworm (3Yen | 2016-04-10) who’s still going strong.



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Tokyo ‘TERROR’ on Takeshita St.

New Year’s "TERROR" on Harajuku’s famously weird Takeshita Street.

Car rams into pedestrians in Tokyo, injuring 8
NHK News | 2019-Jan-01
A car plowed into pedestrians on a crowded street in Tokyo on New Year’s Day. Police say eight people were injured and rushed to hospital. One is reportedly in a coma.
The incident occurred on Tuesday, about 10 minutes past midnight, on Takeshita Street in Shibuya Ward.
The shopping street was closed to vehicular traffic at the time. It was bustling with people heading to a nearby shrine…
…Investigators quote the {driver} as effectively saying he carried out a terrorist attack.

A few of our many previous reports of weirdness on Tokyo Harajuku’s Takeshita Street include:



Pounding in the New Year

Loose-character/ユルキャラジゲン/Yurukyara mascot of fame, Kumamon the marvelous, is pounding in the New Year.


Mochi/rice cakes (鏡餅 — Wikipedia) are a traditional Japanese New Year decoration consisting of two rounded mochi (pounded rice), the smaller placed atop the larger.
kagamimochi-realKagami mochi is usually placed in a household Shinto altar (see right), or kamidana in the tokonoma, a small decorated alcove in the main room of the home.

Nowadays people skip all the pounding and go to the store to buy mochi/rice cakes. These cakes are often pre-moulded into the shape of stacked discs, made in plastic packages for the mass market, and sold as a holiday decoration much like a plastic Christmas wreath.

Our previous reports of mochi rice cakes include:


Leftover Japanese Christmas cake

After a long and tiring Christmas day, Kumamon the mascot woke up from fitful sleep the next morning on Boxing Day. He was dreaming of eating leftover Japanese Christmas cake*

It was his mattress.


Translated from Japanese by Microsoft
‵‵I’ll do it today! You’re going to be alright, mon 〜☆.′′

180px-Strawberry_shortcake4 *Kurisumasu keki (クリスマスケーキ), Japanese Christmas cake, is an industrial sponge cake made many months before in the late summer and fall and deeply refrigerated. Then the week before Christmas, it’s layered with engineered whipped cream (seroprotein, caseinate, sugar, lecithin, modified starch, etc.), studded with beautiful-but-tasteless hothouse strawberries, and decorated with tiny, plastic, Xmas figurines and gimcrack.



“Duck”? It’s possible, perhaps.

At home, the Japanese Christmas goose should be going in the oven now. It’s a Japanese “goose” that could be large, mislabeled, Muscovy duck rather than a goose because Japanese often confuse the two…鴨しれない。*

*Pun on the word “duck.” Normally, the Japanese word for duck is kamo /鴨. However, in the phrase かもしれない/かも “Kamo shirenai” it means “It’s possible, perhaps.”

Christmas tree, Japanese

Ya gotta love this Japanese style “Christmas tree” aka kadomatsu/門松 (Wiki).





xmas-tree Japasnese New Year's Pine
I used to loooove that every year at Christmas, my company would put out two of these “Christmas” trees flanking the main entrance just for me since ostensibly I was the only Christian in the office.

Actually these Kadomatsu are not for Christmas, but for the Japan’s real “holy season”, Oshogatsu–[正月] New Years.