R.I.P. Japan’s PEPPER robot


I first laughed about the lame humaniod Pepper robot of Softbank Japan back in 2015. Designed as receptionist for telecom giant Softbank’s phone stores, Pepper never had much value even a Walmart style greeter. Now all the Peppers are going into deep funk.

“ペッパー・パンデミック” meaning “Pepper Pandemic”?
Softbank’s Pepper robot was introduced in June 2014 so the Li batteries of the earlier model’s are at end-of-life. RIP-Pepper


Our previous reports of Japan’s crapbots include:



How books are made in Japan



Ok, ok, the-rest-of-the-story is that “FUK” is short for the city of Fukuoka in the deep south of Japan. Officially there is even the FUK Airport since the IATA code for Fukuoka Airport (福岡空港) is FUK.

Previous reports of FUK in Japanese include:



‘Slamming’ Japan

She-e-e-it America, You call that a “body slam”?

Now this is slamming body…
Japanese hard style.

Previous reports of Japanese wrestling include:



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 (news.3yen.com/2006-09-07/boot-to-the-head/)
  • Role-model Japanese Barbie Booties (news.3yen.com/2010-09-21/role-model-japanese-barbie/)
  • ‘Naked’ shoes for Japan (news.3yen.com/2007-12-31/naked-shoes/)



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!

kinbakui-kitan- photo book
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
onion_logo March 19, 2017


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