‘Discrimination’ fun


I snuck up on my coworker at the elevator and when she turned around & realized I was behind her she said, “Your white face scared me! It reflects the light so much!”#casual人類差別
ryan.-icon@RyanJP 2018-Feb-15


#casual人類差別 = #casual race discrimination



Coming up a very tight spiral staircase Shibuya, Tokyo, I abruptly came face-to-face to a very attractive Japanese woman who SCREAMED in terror/surprise at the big alien in front of her.

Regaining her composure, her charmingly-untrue comeback for her scream was, “Sorry, you’re so handsome.

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It’s official: In Japan Green is Blue

Japan’s National Police Agency’s official Japan’s official
“Rules of the Road”
manual defines the color “Blue” as “Green.”

The problem is, in Japanese green and blue are both referred to as Ao/. Therefore in Japanese traffic lights are called a Ao shingo/青信号, which literally translates to “Blue Signal.”

Consequently, there is a confusion especially in older parking garages in the proper color of green lights as shown just above and below.

Since most street traffic lights in Japan have been replaced with LEDs in the past five years, most green lights—but not all—now conform to the international green standard.
Refer to The Japan Times of 2013/02/25: The Japanese traffic light blues: Stop on red, go on what?
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Previous reports of Japan’s traffic signals include:


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Happy Valentine

Happy heart—Happy Valentine–Happy Japan


Previous reports of Japanese Valentines on the 3Yen include:

Sumo funtime!

This is Shokkiri (初切) fun at the Grand Sumo Tournament of February 4. The “tournament” does not count for the official rankings of the wrestlers so the tone of the entire event is more lighthearted.

Japanese men march in protest the lack of Valentine gift chocolates

Valentine’s Day is when men judge their worth by the number of boxes of chocolate aka “choko” they receive from women at their Japanese workplace.

Pulverize Valentine’s Day Protest!
A Person’s Worth is Not Measured by the Number of Chocolates Received!
Shingetsu News Agency | 12 Feb 2018


Basically, Valentine’s Day is the real measure of your worth in a Japanese company, so CHOKO—Are you gettin’ any?


Japan’s ugliest mascot

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Public Domain, Link

The new Japanese monkfish mascot “Ankimo” could be more properly described as “Eat-Me-While-You-Can kun“.
The name “Eat-Me-While-You-Can” is due to the popularity of ankimo liver, is wildly overfished in neither a sustainable or ethical way in Japan (or worse China), grrrr.
Our previous reports of Japan’s overfishing include:


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Japan’s first mascot?

Here’s maybe the “first” loose character (ゆるキャラ) mascot of Japan, Yukidaruma-chan OG (雪ダルマちゃんOG).
The snowman/girl was made of cotton balls and wears a laid-back hemp headband. The snowgirl mascot was posed on fake snow in a photography studio with five hangyoku/geisha including the celebrity, Sakae (in yellow) from Tokyo’s hinky Shitaya district (circa 1910).

—Idea via @zogu8011 and @TokyoFashion .


My previous reports of goofy loose character mascots and goofier geisha include:



Wood-fired, hi-tech Tokyo

by Chris 73 / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

My ward of Tokyo, Ota-ku, has as the largest concentration* of sento, Japan’s traditional bathhouses (Wiki).

More interesting is that here in “hi-tech” Tokyo, Ota Ward still has many wood-fired bathhouses.
As you can see below in the photos, my local sento/bathhouse has large smokestack (without any pollution controls).


Shown below (just left of the “KID” graffiti) is the wood-fired boiler for the hot baths. The boiler is fueled by wood scrap from Tokyo’s constant, 20-30 year cycle of demolition of craphousing.


Previously, I posted about sento baths in:


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Best Korea throws another great parade

The intercontinental missile, the Hwasong 14 on its mobile launcher was the biggest hit at the Best Korea military parade.


But those party animals of the North Korean part elders having tea party while ICBMs roll by is the real “money shot”, hee, hee.

A few of our many reports of Japan’s best buddy, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea include:


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Japanese ‘convenience’

Japan’s premier convenience store, Lawson’s, offers “convenience”…icon_thumbsup

The 3Yen’s previous reports of Japanese ‘convenience’ include: