It’s planting season in Japan and this farmer is well on his way to having a ″bumper″ crop of Toyotas.
トヨタ田植え機始めたんだ— ちばろッシ@あと８連休 (@valenchibarossi) May 2, 2015
Previous ″crop″ reports on the 3Yen include:
Lazy sunfish are actually active predators
ScienceNews.org / 2015-May-01
When one sunfish approached a jellyfish, it ate only the gonads and oral arms.…more…
Other fishy news on the 3Yen includes:
Every May Day in Japan, there is long boring-to-tears parade by Japan’s toothless labor unions from Meiji Shrine (Harauku) to the Diet Building. The high point of today’s pointless parade was this float mocking Prime Minister Abe’s attempts at militarism. (-‿◦☀)
Today is the first, May Day, and the Tokyo Metro has a new train manners poster up for the month—This time its chastising folks for farting on the train. (Actually, this poster is just reminding passengers not play their earphones too loud.)
The Tokyo Metro’s posters have covered other bad train manners including:
• Kicking butt on the Tokyo Metro (3Yen 2015-04-01)
• Getting hammered on the Metro (3Yen 2015-03-03)
• No farting on the Metro (3Yen 2015-02-06)
• Don’t play with your nuts on the Metro (3Yen 2014-11-15)
Q: What should you do during GW—Golden Week—Japan’s weeklong national holiday (Wiki) this week when vacation/travel prices triple?
A: DO! MALL!
In case you were wondering why this “DO! MALL!” looks familiar. The AEON malls’ campaign girl is Kill Bill’s Gogo Yubari aka Chiaki Kuriyama (Wiki) .
Previous Golden Week reports on the 3Yen include:
The brainiacs at Japan’s MEXT, aka Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, have released their new advertising campaign for visitors.
For readability I resized the logo and found MEXT’s dedication to truth-in-advertising: “JAPAN HERMITAGE®”
(“Hermitage” as in place of in seclusion from the rest of the world)
Previous Visit Japan logos covered on the 3Yen include:
Japan plans to land rover on moon in 2018
SentinelSource.com / April 26, 2015
JAXA Japan’s space agency announced this week that the country would put an unmanned rover on the surface of the moon by 2018, joining an elite club of nations that have explored Earth’s satellite…
“This is an initial step and a lot of procedures are still ahead before the plan is formally approved,” a JAXA spokesperson told reporters. If it is approved, the agency will reportedly use its Epsilon solid-fuel rocket technology to carry and deploy a SLIM probe — the acronym stands for “Smart Lander for Investigating Moon”…
The JAXA spokesperson went on to explain that, upon landing on the moon the SLIM moon probe will send and receive by fax* all of its data.
*The joke being that all Japanese companies, large and small, still rely fax machines even though they have advanced email and cloud services at their disposal.
CARP product ranking, Hiroshima brand shop
(the official website’s bizarro translation)
…the tenth place goes to Carp Energy®…this cheerful infusion drink has the “Soul of Red” which is the motto of the spirit of Hiroshima citizens in their carp-loving prefecture…
And, if Carp Energy® is not enough fun for you, Hiroshima branded “Carp Wine” and “Carp beer” are available too!
One of the fun things about living in Japan but being from Chicago is that logo for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp baseball team is the Japanese-Bizarro World
version of my hometown Chicago Cubs team.
Hiroshima Carp vs Chicago Cubs
It’s a hoot to wander around Chicago on vacation wearing this Cubs-looking cap from an alternative universe that reads “CARP” on the back.
Ok, ok, I suppose the logo of the Hiroshima Carp is just a rip-off of the Cincinnati Reds → (Wiki), but I prefer telling Chicago folks that the Hiroshima CARP are Japan’s Bizarro World version of the Cubs (even though the Hiroshima CARP have been losers* forever like the Cubs).
So which is funnier, the name or the product?
According to the above tweet, Chocolate Snatch™ is an Australian-themed koala souvenir sold in China for the Japanese market that is made to copy the Japanese product Koala’s March (see right) by Lotte Co., basically a South Korean Company.
“GOT OTER UKI’ aka Goto Teruki is obviously the best candidate running for the upcoming elections in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. W0oT~!
This year’s poster where he writes his name Goto Teruki in proper Japanese characters “” across his privates is actually a big improvement over the romanization of his name “GOT OTER UKI” on Goto Teruki’s 2013 campaign poster.
Check out Goto’s official website (in Japanese).
Information in English about his previous campaign platform at: tokyodesu.com
The 3Yen has covered silliness about the more wacky political candidates in Japan includes: