Damn, it ain’t Columbus Day yet but in Tokyo…
″ Christmas arrived in 7-Eleven already.″
— JapanBlogList (@JapanBlogList) October 12, 2015
…♫It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.♬ Not.
The rest-of-the-story is that the above photo of the sign is for preordering these 7-11 Christmas Cakes for Christmas Eve delivery/pickup. However, the industrial bakeries have been baking the Angel food, sponge cake, and gingerbread for these Christmas treats since last August. Yum, freezer burnt cake for Christmas!
The Japanese film classic, ″ Battle Royale″ (IMDb.com), was reenacted yesterday. It was Hokkaido’s Melon BEAR vs PEAR of Funabashi City.
Mascot Funassyi, in a wrestling war!
The Sankei Shimbun 2015-Oct-12 (goofy Google Translate)
During the current 3-day holiday weekend in Japan, “Looks good! All set” event was held at the wholesale market of Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture just east of Tokyo. The Japanese mascot character, “Funassyi” the yellow pear, who unofficially represents the city of Funabashi had invited about 50 other mascots of other Japanese locales for a “confrontation”—a wrestling Battle Royale.
Funassyi ended up in the final wrestling showdown against the mascot “Melon Bear” of Yubari, Hokkaido. The match was a wild scene of Melon Bear’s ferocious biting attacks and counterattacks by Funassyi wildly jumping and cutting. In a splendid victory, Funassyi raised his arms victorious and screamed, “Everyone cheer, ‘Thanks Nasshi’!”
Previous 3Yen reports of Melon Bear and Funassyi Pear include:
- Melon Guma/bear (3Yen / 2012-10-18)
- Unauthorized Funassyi vs fake Funasshii (3Yen / 2014-06-02)
- Pisser presser (3Yen / 2014-10-16)
Previous 3Yen reports of the alien onslaught of Nippon include:
- Mount Fuji threatened by evil alien menace (3Yen / 2013-09-16)
- WILL IT BLEND? Invasive foreigners in Japan (3Yen / 2010-05-25)
- Invading Aliens (3Yen / 2005-03-08)
- New foreign menace threatens Japan (3Yen / 2004-12-07)
Longtime collaborator with the 3Yen, RobPongi, gave us this heads-up on the new Hello Kitty/Chucky Mashup Doll that the Universal Studios theme park in Japan was selling for this Halloween.
Universal Studios Japan Selling Hello Kitty/Chucky Mashup Doll
RobPongi further reports: Annnnndddd….IT’S GONE!
However, the fact that the Hello Chucky™ doll isn’t listed on the website may be a sign of it being sold out rather than it pulled off the market.
Other strange Chucky and Hello Kitty occurrences spotted in Japan include:
• Hello Kitty tombstone (3Yen / 2014-09-17)
• Chucky on the Tokyo subway with his bride (3Yen / 2013-08-05)
Originally, these Buddha cones (actually Jizo cones) were an art project of Mr. Hasegawa that became a minor commercial success because they have an actual purpose.
Japan has many temples and often these undermanned places are the only open and green spots in the cities. These temples make tempting places to illegally park. Putting a “face” on these Don’t-Park-Here cones increases compliance. Also, traffic cones and barriers are placed in quiet areas that attract the endless hords of drunk salaryman looking for places to pee—Who is going to pee on Buddha, even an orange conehead one?
Previous reports of Coneheads in Japan on the 3Yen include:
- Attack of the Japanese Coneheads! (3Yen / 2010-05-19)
- Quake coneheads make quick decisions (3Yen / 2011-03-11)
- Cone-y biker aliens terrorize Tokyo! (3Yen / 2011-11-24)
Japanese pumpkins are green and goofy…
Calling someone in Japanese a “kabucha” is an old-fashioned slang word for someone ‘stupid’ or ‘empty headed’ (similar to having a head that’s like the hollow inside of a pumpkin).
The above photo of the green pumpkin-head girls in kimono is most likely a playbill for a manzai/comedy team.
After long debate, the city of Tokyo declined the naming rights offer for the ″ Tokyo Gas & Petrochemical Fish Market*.″
http://t.co/9ufW91CMVU — (@Mulboyne) Oct. 6, 2015
*The-rest-of-the-story is that the new Tsukiji fish market is being built on top of the toxic waste site of Tokyo Gas Company—Tsukiji being the planet’s premier place for sushi.
Refer to The Japan Times report…
New Tsukiji site highly toxic: panel (2008/05/20):
Note that the above picture contains the farty fun slogan, “MY CITY—MY GAS©.” This was Tokyo Gas Company’s slogan that they slapped on the side of thousands of their company’s trucks here in the city. Created for the 1970 Osaka Expo for use at the Japanese Gas Industry Pavilion, the slogan was used actively until the mid-1980s and it is still found in various versions today such as ‘myTokyoGas’ shown below.
Refer to 3Yen / 2008-09-24 : MY CITY—MY GAS©
″ HAPPY″ in Fujisawa just south of Yokohama…
Previous spurious reports″ HAPPY″ in Japan on the 3Yen include:
- Happy Helmets for sadsack salarymen (3Yen / 2015-06-20)
- Let’s all fundoshi/loincloth happy! (2014-03-14)
- Happy times in the park, Japanese style (2012-12-10)
- I don’t think you’re happy enough! (2011-01-22)
Automatic driving “robot taxi” is coming to a town near you in Japan.
国家戦略特区で自動運転の実験小泉進次郎氏「できるとこからガンガンやる」—Yuri Kageyama on Twitter Oct. 2, 2015
MONOist / 2015-Oct-2 (ç)
…Automatic-driving technologies for “taxi robots” are coming to a town near you in Japan. The government has decided on national strategic zones for self-driving taxis…The first zone will in Kanagawa Prefecture just outside Yokohama in the city of Fujisawa. Plans are for passenger tests on about 3km of the main road of the beach district of the Shonan shoreline…
…in these tests “robot taxis” will drive autonomously but there will be a human driver that can manually override the robot’s system for safety.
Here’s a new article in English with more/better details than goofy Google Translate.
Quartz (2015-Oct-2): Japan is experimenting with driverless, robot taxis
Previous hi-tech taxi reports on the 3Yen include:
- Tokyo taxi robots to nag you about forgetting your umbrella (3Yen / 2013-09-04)
- New ‘Maid Taxi’ for otaku pervs (3Yen / 2007-09-16)
- Cadillacing in the gold taxi of Nagoya (3Yen / 2007-05-24)