ZERO LIFE … Japan

zero-life-6-pack

Somehow I feel this is the perfect brand name for a 6-pack in workaholic Japan.

 
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orionbeer.co.jp/brand/zerolife
Industry first! No new carbohydrates genre
  According to our company


Zero Life is a a pale lager beer fron Asahi Corooration’s Orion Breweries Limited in Urasoe-City, Okinawa.
 

 
 
 
Previous reports of beer/life/zero on the 3Yen include:

 




Tamagotchi CRAP Station

egg-tamagotchiDo you remember that dead Tamagotchi that fell behind your desk drawer in the late ’90s?
Well, ßan Dai Corp. wants you to resurrect it by solving the puzzle “Tamagotchi n!× CRAP Station“, which is a time capsule for the 20th anniversary of the device: tamagøtchi20th.cøm

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Our previous ßan Dai related reports include:

 




Mickey Mouse adulthood in Chiba

Here a sophisticated couple of 20-year-olds in traditional kimonos celebrating their “Coming of Age Day” (成人の日 / Seijin no Hi) today at Tokyo Disneyland in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

 
Our previous reports of Coming-of-Age Day include:

 




No boozing please, we’re Japanese

As I have mentioned here many times, in Japan Drunkenness is Next to Godliness…even the Shinto gods love getting ripsnorting wasted.
japanese-drunkdrunk Especially salarymen, the Japanese are known as some of the worst falling down drunks on the planet. You can imagine my surprise when the following survey finds that Japan’s younger folks are much less interested in drinking with 40% of men in their 20s who never or almost never drink.

 

Younger Japanese men less interested in drinking, according to survey
Japan Today | 2016-Jan-05
According to sales tax figures, the consumption of booze is down to about 89% of its heyday in 1996
to help shed light on this trend, wine website WineBazaar conducted a survey of 6,638 men and women between the ages of 20 and 70, asking “How often do you drink?”..
things get interesting when factoring in age as well. Women stay roughly the same, with “non-drinkers” making up 40 to 50% of them regardless of age. For men over 60, only 25% are classified as “non-drinkers” but that number rises significantly to 39.8% when asking men in their 20s.
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Basically, 40% of men in their 20s who report they “never or almost never drink” are really saying they can’t afford it. Also, company sponsored drinking is down 80% since the collapse of Japan’s economic “Bubble” in the early ’90s and the “Lost Decade(s)” of the continuing recession since then.

 
Previous reports of Japanese drunks include:

 



 


B-ball — J-Stargate

Check out the b-ball/basketball Stargate in Kyoto Japan!

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A few of our many reports of Japan’s Stargate Program:

 



 


Hipster ogres of New Years — Digital shamanism

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←Japan’s traditional ogres of New Years, the Namahage, go door-to-door terrorizing children with armed with fake wooden knives accusing them of being bad or lazy…sort of like Krampus on acid. In a hipster update, Japan now has digital shamanism for Blade-Runner style Namahage.

 hipster-namahage

年の瀬ですので、都市のなまはげの為のお面を作りました。 https://t.co/1u2JWy8O28 — IKEUCHI Hiroto (@ik_products) Dec. 19, 2016

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goofy Google Translate:
The artist Etsuko Ichihara has prepared this for a new Japanese “Matsuri” (parade) RE-DESIGN project. Happiness with this first costume collaboration with “cloma-sama“.

The above ogre is part of the NTT-ICC exhibition: Digital Shamanism: “Namahage in the City — NAMAHAGE in Tokyo.

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A few of our many previous reports of the January devils of Japan  include:

 



 

‘O-Shogatsu’ — Japanese New Years


Waka waka waka in Asakusa

Waka waka waka in Tokyo’s Asakusa…

 
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Waka waka waka!
Pac-Man gives tourists a special rickshaw ride in Asakusa.
— The Japan Times (@japantimes) Dec. 29, 2016

 
puck-man-machineIn case you ever wondered…The name of Pac-Man is pronounced in Japanese pakku-man (パックマン) coming from the fun onomatopoeic phrase, paku-paku taberu (パクパク食べる) meaning to gooble up. When first released in Japan in 1979, the game was written in big roman letters “PUCK MAN” on the arcade machine. However, when the game was brought to the U.S. by Midway, they wisely changed title to Pac-Man so vandals wouldn’t alter the name to ƒUCK MAN. (Wikipedia)puck-man-closeup
 
Previous Pacman posts proffered:

 



 


Sony Music Global says Britney’s dead

SONY MUSIC REPORTS BRITNEY SPEARS IS DEAD!
japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/12/27/business/sony-music…
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A few of our previous reports of It’s-a-Sony include:

 



 

Kumamon’s kinky castle expo

 
Let’s SEXPO 2016 mon~!
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Think Kink in the Clink…at Kumamoto Castle, モン~
…sayeth the Kumamon.

 

Before this expo, other Kumamon mascot shenanigans have included:

 



 


Just for reference, this was Kumamon’s original post:

Translated from Japanese by Bing
I went to the Castle EXPO2016, mon! Think of the Castle, Kumamoto Castle…. mon~