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9/21/2014

Funny phobia — weirdo weenie worries of the Japanese

One of the strangest Japanese neurosis is “Phimosis“—non-retracting or tight foreskin. Phimosis phobia cuts across all of society. Every Japanese mens magazine and manga has advertisements for phimosis treatments. New Japanese mothers are instructed on how to repeatedly “retract” the foreskin of their young boys* so they will not suffer the horrors genital binding and phimosis-induced insanity, ha, ha.

Foreskin clip joints take unwary males for a ride
Japan Today /2014Sep19
More males in Japan are undergoing esthetic surgical procedures to improve their appearance or boost their self esteem…{Japanese males} turned to legal help after undergoing {unneeded adult} circumcisions.
Only in a small number of cases are circumcisions necessary for medical reasons, and such individuals can make use of their national health insurance to have the procedure done inexpensively. But rather than provide such explanations, unethical dealers in the foreskin removal trade might tell them, “Your circulation is being constricted” or “There’s a chance you’ll develop cancer”
More uncut…

naughty-slide

More about these silly phobic fears refer to the Mainichi Daily News, Japan (September 21, 2005):
Peeling back the facts on the cruelest cut of all

Also see the previous 3Yen post Japan (August 2005): Japan’s Puberty Hotline


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9/17/2014

Let’s Knock ‘n’ Roll!

meiwa
As far as I’m concerned, the parallel-world electricians, Maywa Denki , is the only Japanese “music group” worth seeing in concert. And now they have released their conceptual art making toy “Knocky”…
kocky-set..



..mr-knocky ..
Available through global.rakuten.com

Also check out an interview with the artists: The Nonsense Machines of Maywa Denki.


left-boltQUOTEI SING the Body electricright-boltQUOTE
–Walt Whitman

Previous 3Yen reports of the antics of Maywa Denki include:

I sing the body electric (3Yen / 2007-08-03)
My heroes “Maywa Denki” in Paris (3Yen / 2005-07-18)
Maywa Denki, the true spirit of Japan (3Yen / 2004-12-05)


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9/17/2014

In Japan, even the tombstone business is dead

In rapidly aging Japan, being dead should be a big business but there are a lot of “buts”…

Grave times for Japan tombstone trade
Reuters / September 14, 2014
The number of deaths each year is expected to increase by 30 percent over the next quarter century.
But more Japanese are choosing to have their ashes scattered at sea or planted under a tree, as these options are cheaper than a gravestone, which is usually the last big splurge for many people at a time of intense caution over the economy.
About 40 per cent of Japanese already have a spot waiting in an ancestral grave, a survey by a tombstone industry group shows, limiting the scope for potential sales.
At the same time, a fifth or more of Japanese would consider alternative, natural burials. Price is one concern.
But for older people, another, larger concern is that with few or no descendants to visit their gravesmore...

kitty-grave
Yes, the above is a Hello Kitty tombstone—It’s not all that usual for a child’s memorial to have gravestone in a theme of Anpanman, Hello Kitty, or even One Piece…
More via qjphotos.wordpress.comgrave8


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9/15/2014

Japanese think this is “Chubbiness”

In American this group could be called “Skinniness”…

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9/15/2014

Japanese video sandbox

“Edel Sand” aka the Mysterious Sandbox (え~でる すなば ふしぎな すなあそび)
In this prototype video game by Japan’s SEGA, the user goofs around in a real sandbox and a video projector overlays “enhanced” images of the game onto sand…just watch the video…

Checkout the official website at: edel-sand.sega.jp (in Japanese)

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9/9/2014

Make train not up

Ladies (and men) putting on makeup on commuter trains is a pet peeve of many Japanese as this poster shows…

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Manners…matter. Especially on crowded trains.
Make love not up.

pic.twitter.com/yOi49ViCrj— Jake Adelstein/中本哲史 (@jakeadelstein) September 8, 2014


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9/6/2014

Japanese lacking proper posteriors have…

WATERMELON-BUTT

Lacking proper posteriors*, flat-assed Japanese have opted for creating derriere-shaped melons!

Japanese Farmer Mitsuo Shibata Grows Butt-Shaped Watermelon
The Huffington Post | 09/05/2014
conjoined watermelons are common enough in Japan that there is a specific phrase for them: “futago suika,” which translates as “twin watermelons.”
More…


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The above video is not to be confused with the naughtyNSFW video, Watermelon-vs-Butt, at: http://youtu.be/1imL5zGD_h0


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9/5/2014

IT’S A TRAP!

In the sage words of Admiral Ackabar, “IT’S A TRAP!

iflyer.tv/en/article/2014/09/04/moshimoshinippon2014-kaisaikettei/
Sending out Japanese Pop Culture to the world! With live performances from Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Denpagumi.inc, a fashion show and lots of booths (free hair set!!!), there’s so much to do on Sunday, September 28th, when we see you at the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL 2014.
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There is even a Special Live Viewing Area Reserved Just for Foreigners!
Checkout the DJ stage and enjoy Japanese festival style “yakisoba” and “takoyaki” from the food area. Enjoy festival style games such as ring tossing and target practice and take photos with your friends in front of the photo panel snap area. There’s so much to do inside and outside the venue. 
Continues…


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9/3/2014

Japan’s best economic solution

Finally, here’s a solution to Japan’s laid-back/moribund economy*

Japanese wartime slogan:

"Lower living standards,
                 raise the flag!"

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MT @ThinkSmart2011 @masafumi_yoshi: 今日の安倍政権を見ているようだ pic.twitter.com/TcNaovlpnL— Anthony Davis (@ozAntinnippon) September 3, 2014


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9/2/2014

Japan’s formal surrender on September 2, 1945

Japan’s formal surrender on September 2, 1945 when the Empire of Japan signed the Japanese Instrument of Surrender in Tokyo Bay aboard the USS Missouri. (Wiki)

MacArthur at surrender ceremony. The flag flown by Perry is visible in the background.

MacArthur at surrender ceremony. The flag flown by Perry is visible in the background.

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VJ Day News-From-The-East
MacArthur at surrender ceremony. The flag flown by Perry is visible in the background.

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