Here’s a geeky Otaku rave in Nakano, Tokyo …
In case you were wondering, the raving otaku are doing the ‘Hot Dog Dance’ from the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse on the Disney Channel.
World Mascot Character Summit with over 450 wacko weirdos representing local governments in Japan (and foreign countries) is now being held in Saitama Prefecture north of Tokyo.
See if you can find the foreign “World Character” in the official poster of the 2014 World Mascot Character Summit that features a picture of every goofy character. As far as I could tell, the poster has plenty of aliens but no “World Characters.” (Embiggen to 1170×1657px)…
You can find all ten of the foreign mascot characters here: gotouchi-chara.jp/hanyu2014/chara_map48.html
Check out this handicapped-parked scooter that’s, JDM* as Hell!
Via @masamania, posted by 386
*JDM means “Japanese Domestic Market” and
refers to the goods and the enthusiast subculture of
cars, motorcycles, and parts that have been
imported from Japan…continued...
This dekovan (”decoration” van )
leaves me speechless and a little sad*
Tokyo’s famous “Gundam Front” complex that features a full-sized Gundam statue (L) (3Yen / 2012-06-07), now has a Gundam Cafe offering “Mc.Danield’s (sic) Hamburgers™” in a special “SALT BURGER” variation shown below.
Tokyo’s Gundam Cafe offers Mc.Danield's Hamburgers + special salty one!
— Rinkya (@rinkya) November 20, 2014
Dentails on the official Gundam Cafe website: g-cafe.jp
Seeing this photo, the first thing that came to my mind was:
Holy baby buddha…since when does the Shinkansen/Bullet Train have Nissan advertising on its side?!
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Then I discovered that this Nissan 350 Z Roadster’s “TRAIN” print ad is quite old —circa March 2007 (coloribus.com/adsarchive), and it is a massaged photo of the French TGV super train, not Japan’s Shinkansen/Bullet Train.
Merde, tricked by Frenchie trompe l’oeil advertising.
Harajuku girl w/ RETRO plaid pinafore dress, Gremlins x Converse sneakers…
pic.twitter.com/4upKphCONa— Tokyo Fashion (@TokyoFashion) November 14, 2014
Q: Why are there so many vintage shops in Tokyo—I was wondering why they are so popular and how it all start?
A: In the postwar years, Japanese have worn America fashions for that “bad boy/girl” image by buying clothes on the black market that were sourced from American GIs stationed here.
Actual vintage clothing shops in Japan have been around since the mid-1960s with the first wave of wannabe hippies. Japan’s first real vintage shops like Chicago (since 1966) have catered to the retro-look for a long, looooong time (think of the greaser/rockabilly look).
By the 1980s, vintage clothing shops were huge with Japanese street fashion and have remained so ever since. For Japanese fashion victims, レトロ–vintage clothing offers the best way to achieve an over-the-top look while wearing actual/functional clothing that has been already vetted fashion-wise.
For more information about the retro/vintage clothing scene in Japan, refer to: nytimes.com/2008/08/18…
RETRO! Pleated Maxi Skirt, Varsity Jacket & Sneakers in Harajuku
tokyofashion.com | Tokyo Street Snaps
Previous RETRO reports on the 3Yen include:
Just looking at this photo of the Shiba Ryotaro Library in Osaka makes me wonder how does this library work?
How could someone even get a book from the middle–let alone the top–of the stack?
Tadao Ando Architects & Associates designed the Shiba Ryotaro Library, which is part of memorial museum for the historical novelist, Shiba Ryotaro (Wiki).
Read a full description and see more photos of this seemingly impossible library at: architectuul.com/architecture/shiba-ryotaro-memorial-museum
Jabba the Hutt* is now big-in-Japan.
He has a great second career as a “talento” and food reporter who goes by the name, "Hikomaro" (imdb.com)