Eat the penguin mascot of the Suica Card of Japan—A black Christmas Cake from the darkest Sump of Hades.
For more about the Suica Card, check out the previous 3Yen report:
Suica: the bank card that functions as train ticket and credit-ATM card (3Yen / 2005-03-29)
See the multitude of the Suica Penguin’s “character goods” at:
In Japan, Santa tries to…
Photo by hikosaemon.
The above Japanese “Santa” is actually a Namahage–New Years’ ogre on display at Tokyo Station’s Marunouchi Central Exit during the end of December as a tourism promotion for Akita Prefecture.
In New Year’s rituals, a few of the men of traditional Akita villages dress up as Namahage (生剥) demons by wearing oversized ogre masks and straw capes. Going door-to-door, the Namahage admonish children who may be guilty of laziness or bad behavior, yelling phrases like “Are there any crybabies around?” (泣く子はいねがぁ nakugo wa inēgā?) or “Are naughty kids around?” (悪い子はいねえか waruigo wa inēka?) and threaten to eat very bad kids.
I see your gingerbread house, and I raise you a [gaijin-made] Gundam! —(@jamieism)
All the Cthulhus were nestled all snug in their tentacle beds / As visions of Japanese schoolgirls danced in the heads…
Winter is here, and as Cthulhumas fast approaches…
The 3Yen’s previous reports Tentacle Miracles of this Holy Season include:
Zaha Hadid says Tokyo stadium criticism is "embarrassing" for Japanese architects
dezeen.com | 8 December 2014
London-based architect Hadid was selected to design the 80,000-seat Japan National Stadium in 2012, following a restricted-entry international competition judged by a panel that included Japanese architect Tadao Ando.
Previous reports about Japan’s boondoggle Olympics on the 3Yen include:
Longtime fan of the news.3Yen.com reports a new Japan-made Godzilla movie to hit screens in 2016…
Just in from our Dear Evil One:
THE “JAPANESE GODZILLA” WILL RISE AGAIN!
On Dec. 6, 1964, television audiences watched Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for the first time never knowing that Rudolph’s “mother” was Japanese.
Animator Kyoko Kita working
on Rudolph the “Animagic” Reindeer
This year “Rudolph” celebrates its 50th anniversary, extending its reign as television’s longest-running (Japanese-made) TV special.
‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer': 10 things you didn’t know about the holiday classic
San Jose Mercury News | Nov. 25, 2014
…№1) AN INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR
Rudolph might appear to be an all-American reindeer, but he and his pals were lovingly brought to life overseas by Japanese stop-motion animators working in a building that had previously been used to test engines for fighter planes…more...
Below are a just a few of the versions of the classic ’Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.’ (CBS/Classic Media 1964) (Wiki).
The real source of the meat of Taco Bell has always been “suspect”, but one thing is quite noticeable: Cats won’t eat Taco Bell leftovers.
Taco Bell plans to open 1,300 restaurants overseas
Nation’s Restaurant News | Dec. 4, 2014
…Taco Bell Corp. on Thursday announced changes to its international leadership team, kicking off a growth push to add 1,300 locations overseas…Taco Bell will look for experienced franchise operators around the globe, with an emphasis on Europe, Asia (Korea, Japan and Thailand) and Latin America…more…
Years ago (1987) , there was a fast-food chain in Japan called “Taco Time” that was started by a foreign “talent-o,” Kent Gilbert (Wiki). It was open for less than two years but it closed down—It was the butt of many jokes. Basically, Mexican food on a fast food tray looks gloopy and ugly to Japanese and they hate the smell of cumin and meat/grease. For a long time, the any mention of tacos and Mexican fast food in Japan only has elicited laughter.
Kent Gilbert’s bankruptcy of Taco Time was so famous that it made it difficult for foreign entrepreneurs to secure business loans for decades after the debacle. Strangely, one Taco Time location remained in operation in the upscale “Dogwood Plaza” of Futako-tamagawa on the outskirts of Tokyo until 2006.
Likewise, the was one Taco Bell in Nagoya in the 1980s that was used to test the Japanese market for acceptance of American-style, Mexican fast food. It was a huge failure and it has taken all these years have a try at the Japanese market again. Rots of ruck.