♪It’s beginning to look a lot like …♫

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!


BATTLE ROYALE of Japanese mascots . . . BEAR vs PEAR!

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:


Hello Chucky™

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

Hello-Chuckie via ihorror.com

RobPongi further reports: left_quoter_14x24Annnnndddd….IT’S GONE!right_quoter_13x24

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:

Creepazoid Kitty (3Yen / 2012-04-23)
hell no kitty

Hello Kitty tombstone (3Yen / 2014-09-17)
hello kitty grave

Chucky on the Tokyo subway with his bride (3Yen / 2013-08-05)
chucky subway


In Japan, Budhha is a conehead


moody-jizo-conesPrezo de Jizo-traffic cone estas ¥6,500.
Mi volis vendi ilin la mondo. pic.twitter.com/x0Mz3XwSAC — 長谷川 維雄 (@hasegawa_fusao) July 24, 2015


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:


Green as a Halloween pumpkin (in Japan)

Japanese pumpkins are green and goofy…


Kabocha-pumpkinwikipedia.org/wiki/Kabocha –Japanese pumpkin

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.


Naming rights offer for ‘Tokyo Gas Toxic Waste Site & Fish Market’ declined

After long debate, the city of Tokyo declined the naming rights offer for the ″Tokyo Gas & Petrochemical Fish Market*.″

After long debate, new Tsukiji fish market to be called Tsukiji Fish Market (築地魚河岸)
gas-fish-market_640xmulboyne twitterhttp://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©
My Tokyo Gas, logo



HAPPY″ in Fujisawa just south of Yokohama…

Previous spurious reportsHAPPY″ in Japan on the 3Yen include:


‘Robo-taxis’ are coming to a Japanese beach town


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


japan-robot-taxiMONOist / 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 taxisThe 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:



When I saw the above photo of the yakuza gangster on the Tokyo Reporter , I could think of only one thing: mukku-kun
MUKKU, the best friend of Gachapin in a popular Japanese children’s program “Hirake! Ponkiki” (3Yen 2009-07-21).



Previous reports the Mysterious Duo on the 3Yen include: