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11/24/2014

24/7 softball tournament … only in Japan

With Japan’s problem of negative population growth along with the aging and depopulation of rural areas, has resulted in empty school districts and a lot of excess equipment.
However, Japan’s tradition of imaginative scarecrows* still is going strong. The Japanese sign and tents shown below proclaim that this is a, said-open24-hour Softball Tournament.said-closed
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昨日の夜はBBQをやってるのかなーと、今日の昼はこんなとこでソフトボールやってるのかなーと、昼2回目に通ったときはカカシがまじっとるなーと、3回目通ったときに全部カカシやないかい!!!と — がっちゃん ‏@gattyann21 16 Nov 2013

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近所の畑のカカシがすごいことになってた。深夜にたまたま見つけたんで死ぬほどビックリした。これは怖い。怖すぎる。カラスとか来ねえ。もっというと人間ですら近づきたくねえ。なんだこのセンス。すごいぞマイタウン — 青木潤太朗 (@aokijuntarou) 2014, 11月 23

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11/23/2014

Otaku rave!

Here’s a geeky Otaku rave in Nakano, Tokyo …


In case you were wondering, the raving otaku are doing the ‘Hot Dog Dance’ from the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on the Disney Channel.

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11/23/2014

Japan has all the ‘World mascots’

World Mascot Character Summit with over 450 wacko weirdos representing local governments in Japan (and foreign countries) is now being held in Saitama Prefecture north of Tokyo.

Quiz:
See if you can find the foreign “World Character” in the official poster of the 2014 World Mascot Character Summit that features a picture of every goofy character. As far as I could tell, the poster has plenty of aliens but no “World Characters.” (Embiggen to 1170×1657px)…
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Answer:
You can find all ten of the foreign mascot characters here: gotouchi-chara.jp/hanyu2014/chara_map48.html


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11/21/2014

JDM as hell!

Check out this handicapped-parked scooter that’s, said-openJDM* as Hellsaid-closed!

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Via @masamania, posted by 386

*JDM means “Japanese Domestic Market” and
refers to the goods and the enthusiast subculture of
cars, motorcycles, and parts that have been
imported from Japancontinued...

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11/21/2014

Ahh, now this is JAPAN!


Also…
This dekovan (”decoration” van ) leaves me speechless and a little sad*.
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Via http://kinzoupro.com/archives/3536


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11/21/2014

“Mc.Danield’s” SALT BURGER…only in Japan

Tokyo GUNDAM handicapped
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Tokyo’s famous “Gundam Front” complex that features a full-sized Gundam statue (L) (3Yen / 2012-06-07), now has a Gundam Cafe offering “Mc.Danield’s (sic) Hamburgers” in a special “SALT BURGER” variation shown below.

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Tokyo’s Gundam Cafe offers Mc.Danield's Hamburgers + special salty one!
— Rinkya (@rinkya) November 20, 2014

Dentails on the official Gundam Cafe website: g-cafe.jp
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11/19/2014

Pulling a train…a Bullet Train

Seeing this photo, the first thing that came to my mind was:

said-openHoly baby buddha…since when does the Shinkansen/Bullet Train have Nissan advertising on its side?!said-closed

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Then I discovered that this Nissan 350 Z Roadster’s “TRAIN” print ad is quite old —circa March 2007 (coloribus.com/adsarchive), and it is a massaged photo of the French TGV super train, not Japan’s Shinkansen/Bullet Train.
Merde, tricked by Frenchie trompe l’oeil advertising.

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11/17/2014

Japanese retro-look is really retro

Harajuku girl w/ RETRO plaid pinafore dress, Gremlins x Converse sneakers…
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pic.twitter.com/4upKphCONa— Tokyo Fashion (@TokyoFashion) November 14, 2014

Q: Why are there so many vintage shops in Tokyo—I was wondering why they are so popular and how it all start?

A: In the postwar years, Japanese have worn America fashions for that “bad boy/girl” image by buying clothes on the black market that were sourced from American GIs stationed here.

Actual vintage clothing shops in Japan have been around since the mid-1960s with the first wave of wannabe hippies. Japan’s first real vintage shops like Chicago (since 1966) have catered to the retro-look for a long, looooong time (think of the greaser/rockabilly look).

By the 1980s, vintage clothing shops were huge with Japanese street fashion and have remained so ever since. For Japanese fashion victims, レトロ–vintage clothing offers the best way to achieve an over-the-top look while wearing actual/functional clothing that has been already vetted fashion-wise.

For more information about the retro/vintage clothing scene in Japan, refer to: nytimes.com/2008/08/18…

RETRO! Pleated Maxi Skirt, Varsity Jacket & Sneakers in Harajuku
tokyofashion.com | Tokyo Street Snaps
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11/16/2014

How does this work?

Just looking at this photo of the Shiba Ryotaro Library in Osaka makes me wonder how does this library work?
How could someone even get a book from the middle–let alone the top–of the stack?

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Tadao Ando Architects & Associates designed the Shiba Ryotaro Library, which is part of memorial museum for the historical novelist, Shiba Ryotaro (Wiki).
Read a full description and see more photos of this seemingly impossible library at: architectuul.com/architecture/shiba-ryotaro-memorial-museum

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11/15/2014

Jabba the Hutt’s successful new life in Japan!

Jabba the Hutt* is now big-in-Japan.
He has a great second career as a “talento” and food reporter who goes by the name, "Hikomaro" (imdb.com)
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