Bean BOOTMOBILE does Japan?!

Just in time for the sweltering summer heat, LL Bean’s BOOTMOBILE does Japan?!~

Previous “boot” posts on the 3Yen include:

  • Boot to the head (
  • Role-model Japanese Barbie Booties (
  • ‘Naked’ shoes for Japan (



Japanese dress codes

As @waterhoader said, I am 100% for gender equality in the workplace… If my female counterparts can wear skirts, I should be able to wear″ skirts too.male-trump-skirt


Men’s Styling Corners in Japan

My IRL buddy, Chris, spotted this sign for Japanese “herbivore men” (AKA grass-eater men/草食男子/Soshoku danshi).


I haven’t these seen “Men’s Styling Corners” in my Tokyo neighborhood yet, but the name ‘Universal Toilet’ is a hell of a lot better than harping about ‘Handicapped,’ “Inclusive,’ ad nauseum. gotta-go-sm


Smorking clean® in Japan and other places

Hey, I love wacky Japanese “SMORKING” (sic) signs too. But you gotta give credit to the Chinese for this sign (by 朱慧卿).

All sorts of “smoking” errors are found in Japan. “No Smorking” is an extremely common typo on Japanese signage as you can see in this Google Image Search.

The linguist Ben Finney explains the cause of smorking in the archives of sci.lang.japan as: over-generalisation

A Japanese will learn that “long a” at the end of a Katakana word is probably “er” in English; and a “long o” in the middle of a word is probably “or”; and a few dozen other “rules” based on an over-generalized idea of consistency in English orthography

Smokin Clean© / Smoking Manner©
campaigns of Japan Tobacco Inc (JT). I dont really understand the motives the quasi-public monopoly, JT, but for many years they have been running these hinky, green-on-white, bilingual ads.

First posted as Smoking clean® and SMORKY Cheese®!



Happy Easter Japan!

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Kinbaku Kitan“: photograph collection by Norio Sugiura — example of Japanese Shibari rope play.

Our previous reports about shibari include:


Spy school ‘training’ in Japan


If you suspect you are being followed, enter the carriage and close the doors to give your would-be pursuer the slip.

Our previous reports on “training” include:


Revolutionary feminist news from Japan!

Great news—Fembots are freed and can now vote!


Japan Grants Suffrage To Female Robots
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Our other fembot reports include:




Begets, begets, begets …

Friend of the 3Yen, Mulboyne writes:

For Easter 2017, you don’t just get Kewpie in an Elmo Easter Bunny outfit like 2016 (left). This year you also get him in an egg (right).


The Egg begets the Easter Bunny who begets Elmo who in turn begets Kewpie and thus begetting The Inner True Form??true-colors-true-form

A few of our previous reports Japanese twisted EASTER include:


Tomorrow’s Sour Lemon

tomorrow-lemon-sour-640x goofy Google Translate of the even goofier looking Suntory press release for April 04, 2017
Suntory Chuhai “Tomorrow’s Lemon Sour”
  — New for limited time
  — Salty lemon flavored with amino acids
Suntory Spirits Co., Ltd. will release “Tomorrow’s Lemon Sour” for a limited time only across the country starting from April 4. Illustrator Tomoko Ono expressed a bright and fun feeling by designing a, “scene enjoying lemon sour with a smile.”
Suggested retail price: 141 yen ($1.25 USD) / 350 ml per can / 5% alcohol


Our previous reports about Japanese chuhai spirits include:

  • Suck on these lemons (3Yen / 2017-03-04)
  • Chuhai breakfast special (3Yen / 2015-07-13/) /em>
  • Carp flavored Alcopop, from Japan of course (3Yen / 2011-06-17)


Yokohama’s mascot is as dumb as a brick

Yokohama’s mainstream mascot, the garbage gull (L) is being put to shame by the city’s dumb-as-a-brick mascot.


Q. Why have a dumb brick mascot?
A. One of the city’s main tourist spots on the waterfront is Yokohama Red Brink Warehouse. The complex’s 120 year old brick buildings house cafes, restaurants and shops as well as serving as a venue all kinds of seasonal events and cultural performances.


Previous reports of dorky Japanese mascots include: