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9/30/2014

Monkeys and goats, oh my!

This month’s subway manners poster for the Tokyo Metro features sheep, monkeys and an old goat—Go figure.

2014-SEPT
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9/29/2014

Separated at birth?

Japanese concrete policemen vs the UK’s "traffic stoppers" in Leicester — Separated at birth?


UK-vs-Japan
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concrete-cops_2-shot

Concrete policeman are still a favorite in the countryside of Japan, although most of the statues sadly are slowly being switched to stylized, reflective police silhouettes shown in the bottom photo.

old-vs-new


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9/29/2014

RUN AWAY!!

On September 27th, Mount Ontake in northern Japan blew its top killing more than 30 people. To quote the masters*,: “RUN AWAY!!

run-away


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9/28/2014

HELLO KITTY MEN?

Sanrio has started their new men’s Hello Kitty line of fashion for those not said-openbound by such stereotypessaid-closed as spelling and grammar.

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HELLO KITTY MEN Project Start!
Sanrio Company | Press Release, 2014 Sept 08, Tokyo
Kitty-chan, because it was something of a girl.
For men and humorous afford to be able to without being bound by such stereotypes, while having a sense of fun, and dress in fashionable Hello Kitty, Hello Kitty for men's, its name is also the birth of the “HELLO KITTY MEN” more...

hello-kitty-men-text


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9/27/2014

Finally, Japan invents *useful* robots . . . NOT

Oh just great—Murata Corporation’s new said-openCheerleader Robotssaid-closed balance on their balls while preparing to suck your soul…

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Previous posts about Japan’s continued efforts in making useless wanking robots include:
   • Finally, Japan invents a *useful* robot, Part 2
3Yen / 2013-07-09
japanese wanking-bots animated
   • Japan’s useless anthropomorphic robots
3Yen / 2010-10-15
   • 3Yen quoted by BBC & The Independent
3Yen / 2010-07-17
   • Wanking automation
3Yen / 2007-08-01 | See right. ↗


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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”…

Posted by Taro in General | 6 Comments »

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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)

Posted by Taro in Electronics, General | No Comments »

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