Tokyo Metro is full of frog fans

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Basically in Japan, it’s not easy being green.″(3Yen 2015-05-01)


 
The Tokyo Metro’s posters have warned of other train problems including:
  • Kicking butt on the Tokyo Metro (3Yen 2015-04-01)
  • May Day on the METRO (3Yen 2015-05-01)
  • No farting on the Metro (3Yen 2015-02-06)
  • Don’t play with your nuts on the Metro (3Yen 2014-11-15)

 


‘Chikin’ doom dining room

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As I have written about before (3Yen 2011-08-26), a Nissin Foods signature product, Chikin [sic] Ramen is one of the two noodle products that form the base of the food pyramid of the Japanese salarymen*.

As shown in the photo below, the dining room for guests at the Chikin Ramen head office offers an interesting peek of how Nissin Foods meets the massive demand for the huge amounts of chicken for their ramen.
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Note: Nissin Foods intentionally spells “Chikin” incorrectly.

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In case you were wondering, “Hiyoko-chan,” the mascot of the Chikin Ramen, is peeking up from the entrance hall of head office and wondering about the impending doom of lunchtime.


McDonald’s Japan puts ‘prison loaf’ on the menu

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Macdonld’s Japan has taken a page from the U.S. prison system and has introduced Prison Loaf* to their new menu.
*Prison Loaf is served to inmates who have have misbehaved, is similar to meatloaf in texture, but has a wider variety of ingredients including vegetables, meat, and bread or other grain fillers that are blended and baked into a solid loaf. (Wiki)regular-menu-burger_530x
(Google Translate) Mogumogu Mac burger…a sandwich that children will eat happily. We have developed the Mogumogu [chomp-chomp] burger by listening to the concerns of mothers. Colorful vegetables—corn, carrots, and green soybeans are kneaded into a grilled chicken patty that is served on a toasted bun and seasoned with ketchup.
→ 276 kcal, 200 yen ($1.61 USD) separately, Happy Meal 500 yen ($4.03 USD)

Vegetable chicken burger…Colorful vegetables including corn, carrots, and green soybeans are kneaded and served as a fragrant grilled chicken patty. The burger is topped with crisp lettuce, onions, and fresh tomatoes, placed on a toasted white bun, and seasoned with paprika and a special vegetable sauce finished with lemon.
→ 293 kcal, 450 yen ($3.63 USD) as a burger with a side salad

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Vegetable Chicken McMuffin…Corn, carrots, and green soybeans kneaded into a colorful grilled chicken patty. Served with lettuce, onions, and tomatoes that is seasoned with a special vegetable sauce finished with lemon. Available mornings until 10:30am.
→ 285 kcal, 300 yen ($2.42 USD) with coffee

 


The prison is ‘Mine’…complete with an idol group, M-girls

The prison is ‘Mine’…complete with the ‘M-girls’ J-pop idol group of guards.


Mulboyne goes on to say:
left_super long-quotebar 24x360The idea is to help guards cope with pressure. Thirty percent of the women quit the job in under 3 years, twice the rate of male guards. (sankei.com/photo/story)
Mine Prison is an odd place. It’s not called a prison, it’s the Mine Rehabilitation Program Centre (美祢社会復帰促進センター) (mine-center.go.jp/en)
It’s built on part of the Mine Techno Park, which lay empty after Japan’s economic Bubble burst. SECOM and NTT Data are the main private investors.
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Previous reports Japan’s unique prisons on the 3Yen include:

 



‘Built NOT bought’ — a car sticker lost-in-translation

Meaningless automobile stickers—Talk about being dumb.

budding green leaf mark

The Wakaba/green-leaf sticker legally means “Beware-of-new-driver” in Japan. It is a mark of shame that new drivers are happy to be rid of after the probationary period of their driver’s license is over.

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Outside Japan, folks incorrectly use this “new driver” sticker to signify the owner’s love of “JDM”—Japan Domestic Market cars and car parts (3Yen / 2014-11-21).
Even worse, the wakeba/green-leaf/noob sticker is incorrectly used on “Built NOT bought” stickers in America, grrr.

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Built NOT bought: The sticker that has more hype than substance
The Daily Star / May 22, 2015
bewildering concept of ‘Built NOT Bought’ amongst the tuning culture. Standard cars are ripped off their OEM power plants and steroid injected with power and torque juice by performance enthusiasts
these enthusiasts slap on a ‘Built NOT Bought’ decal on their cars boasting the fact that their cars have been built (or rather perfected) by them as opposed to being bought in the current modified conditionmore...

The 3Yen correspondent, the astute and always charming Yuumi-chan, has previously observed:

I remember the first time was in Southern California and I saw many Japanese Shoshinsha mark (初心者マーク) or Wakaba mark (若葉マーク) green leaf stickers. I wondered why so many Californians in their mid 20s were beginner drivers when most learn in high school.
Then I learned the Green Leaf stickers meant the drivers were “JDM” fans but I still couldn’t understand why they wanted to be identified as beginner drivers when they were pros driving tricked-out Japanese cars. Americans are so weird.

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Stepmother of Hello Kitty

The fashion brand “Stella McCartney” had an opening party on May 20th for their new store in Aoyama (north Harajuku Tokyo). For that opening they managed to scare up the current designer/stepmother of Hello Kitty, Yuko Yamaguchi (Wiki).

As we always say on the 3Yen, left_quoter_14x24You Can Never Have Enough HELLO KITTY.right_quoter_13x24 Right?

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Lot 69: DOGU, Jomon Japan

doguLot 69:
A PAINTED EARTHENWARE FIGURE BUST, DOGŪ
JAPAN, JŌMON PERIOD

Sotheby’s (13 May 2015): ¥190,368,693 JPY / $1,587,675 USD (hammer price with buyer’s premium)

Dogū (土偶)(lit., “clay figures”) are small humanoid figurines made during the late Jōmon period (14,000–400 BC) of Japan: Purpose unknown. (Wiki)
it was aliens

A few of the many previous reports Japanese alien on the 3Yen include: