Get on Tokyo’s Happy Hanukkah bus

A Hanukkah Menorah*, a nine-branched candelabrum lit during the days of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah (Wiki), is the last thing I expect to see when I am stuck in traffic behind a Tokyo bus. But…



The bus advertisement featuring the menorah also has hinkiness throughout such as a fisting, Hitleresque “schoolgirl” spokesperson for the ad’s sponsor, Toshin, the huge private high school group with more than 120,000 students.


*Ok, ok, I know that the Hanukkah menorah
drawings above are not a proper menorah since
they do not have one taller candle, the shamash.

In preparation for Hanukkah, which is December 6 to 14 this year, check out the other hinky holiday reports on the 3Yen including:


Les fameuses girafes de Noël! (only in Japan)

Today is Thanksgiving Day in America but in Japan…

sidebar-quote long You’ve been waiting impatiently and here they are: The famous giraffes of Christmas!






Vous les attendiez avec impatience et les voilà: les fameuses girafes de Noël!

Bear samurai armor, Marines partake in historical tradition

You can imagine my surprise when this United State Defense Dept. report popped in my Google News today—Marines parading as Bears in samurai armor in Iwakuni Japan.

Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 11.57.34 AMI was very enthused for the chance to wear samurai armor″
via DVIDS (Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System) | Nov. 22, 2015


Previous reports on the 3Yen of Bears/Armor/Samurai include:



Burning-hot Japanese p∅яn??

left_long quotebar 24x260pxPictured below is a seemingly endless flow of video just showing Japanese schoolgirl uniforms burning for two hours. This AVp0яn film features an invisible “fire girl” actress.


キチガイAVといえばやはり「少女焼失」 女優など一切出ず、2時間にわたって女子高生の制服がただ燃えるだけの映像が延々と流れ続ける逸品 — ペリー‐V‐減煙中‐3(10本/day) (@perry_trpg) November 17, 2015school-burn_2


Other Japanese AV/art films featured on the 3Yen include:


Tactless tumescence of ToQger train’s todger


Featuring train characters, Ressha Sentai ToQger is a continuation of the Japanese television Super Sentai/Power Ranger series. The premise of the show is that a mystical railway known as the Rainbow Line run massive/heroic trains known as Ressha. These Ressha (Tokkyūjā). The ToQgers mission to save towns from the evil forces of the Shadow Line who are preying on the residents’ fear and sadness (from Wikipedia)

Other mecha and sentai silliness here on the 3Yen includes:


‘Weird Japan’ — Oh how the mighty have fallen.

Weird Japan™ has been the mainstay of Internet since its beginning. But now as Japan just its fourth recession in five years (Bloomberg | 2015-Nov-16), even Japan is suffering from a weirdness deficit.

Previous puerile posts of playgrounds in now-not-so-weird Japan on the 3Yen include:


The evils of cultural appropriation: ‘Bearded Hipsters in Silky Kimonos’

Here’s proof of the evils of racist cultural appropriation*…’Bearded Hipsters in Silky Kimonos.’


‘Bearded Men in Silky Kimonos’ is a Pin-Up Calendar For Lovers of Hirsute Men
Broadly | Nov. 16, 2015
Kate Cooper-Owen came up with the idea when staying at a friend’s house. Her friend’s boyfriend sidled into the kitchen in the morning in a silken robe: “It had this beautiful cherry blossom pattern on it,” she remembers. “It wasn’t a kimono in the strictest sense, but it was such a amazing look. I pretty much said on the spot, ‘This should be a calendar.'” Just over a year later, the 2016 calendar is now in the pre-order phase, shot by fashion photographer Woland...more...


Earlier this year, there were noisy protests of kimono wearing events as “cultural appropriation”:
Boston museum cancels ‘Kimono Wednesdays’ after racism protests (AP news | July 7, 2015 )
Full disclosure: I have a very full goatee.

Kimono-cultural appropriation problems have also been covered by the 3Yen including:


Cool Japan stinks it up!

Shown below is the Japan’s government-sponsored pollution of the “Cool Japan” program last weekend that is trying to best China in all things…even stinky air.


Review: Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
— The Japan Times: A&E (@japantimes_arts) November 11, 2015


The photo above shows singer Toshiko Koshijima of the “Moshi Cool” section the Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival (which is part of the Cool Japan initiative).

Previous 3yen reports of the government’s “Cool Japan” propaganda initiative include:
   • Cool Japan Expo in Paris is full of K-pop! (3Yen / 2014-07-24)
   • Is Japan Cool? Toilets! (3Yen / 2012-03-07)
   • ‘Gross National Cool’–Japan’s foreign policy
         (3Yen / 2004-12-14)