Japan’s Big Brother is watching

Everwhere you go in Tokyo you can see these stickers of the eyes of Japanese Big-Brother plastered on signs, trucks, delivery bikes, etc.
eyes-500xBasically, these Kabuki-makeup eyes serve as a community watch sort of thing and typically read, Crime: We won’t let it happen.watching-eyeLearn more about Japan’s “WATCHING” eyes here.

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Previous posts about Japan’s “Big Brother” include:

 



 

Mickey Mouse ‘mochi’

Separated at birth?
(Ritual Japanese food vs Safety helmet)

 

mochi_vs_safety-helmet-whitepic.twitter.com/6PtuE5zjqn— ぐるなび (@GnaviOfficial) Nov. 18, 2016


Rest-of-the-story…

The above Mickey Mouse rice cakes (鏡餅 — Wikipedia) are a traditional Japanese New Year decoration consisting of two rounded mochi (pounded rice), the smaller placed atop the larger (see right). kagamimochi-realKagami mochi is usually placed in a household Shinto altar, or kamidana in the tokonoma, a small decorated alcove in the main room of the home.
Contempory ones like the Mickey Mouse rice cakes are often pre-moulded into the shape of stacked discs, made in plastic packages for the mass market, and sold as a holiday decoration much like a crappy plastic Christmas wreath.
 
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Gettin’ under the hidden kimono of Japan

 
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The Propaganda Kimonos Japan Kept Hidden From Outsiders
These beautiful garments celebrate military power.
Atlas Obscura | Nov. 16, 2016
Japanese propaganda kimonos, a form of Japanese popular art that flourished from 1900 to 1945 and has only been rediscovered in the past decade. Known as omoshirogara—literally, “interesting” or “amusing” designs—they include kimonos and other traditional Japanese apparelAfter much hesitation, Japan is beginning to show an interest in these kimono designsmore.
gen-matsui-iwane-nanking          Caption: General Matsui Iwane triumphantly entering Nanking (of Massacre fame).

 
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Let’s Daruma!

Daruma* bums around Japan…

 

slideshow-arrow-for-darumaClick on the left and right arrows to view the slide show of Daruma.
 


 
Daruma
previously reported on include:

 




Just an average day in Tokyo

Ahhh, just another average day in Shinjuku Tokyo…

 

 
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Previous reports of the street-freaks of Tokyo include:

 




‘Premium Friday’ — Japan’s new TGIF

Japan considering letting their slaves workers leave early for FAC*, which will be called in engrish, Premium Friday (プレミアムフライデ)—an only once-a-month Japanese TGIF.

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Japan looks to jolt consumption by letting workers clock off early
Reuters | Nov. 14, 2016
TOKYO —
Hoping to jolt Japan’s limp consumer spending, policymakers and business leaders are considering plans to let workers leave by 3 p.m. on the last Friday of each month to encourage them to shop, dine out and generally spend morethe proposed initiative, dubbed "Premium Fridays"could begin as early as February.
More…

 

 
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FAC: Friday Afternoon Club
 
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Previous reports on wage-slavery in Japan include:

  • Every Japanese’s dream: Sleep, glorious SLEEP! (3Yen / 2014-08-04)
  • Japanese companies promote sleeping on the job (3Yen / 2007-02-13)
  • Export Boom in death-by-overwork, KAROSHI (3Yen / 2005-08-20)

 




It’s a Pocky Day!

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November 11 Pocky
As certified by the Japan Anniversary Association, today 11/11 is officially Pocky Day!! pocky-package

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Our previous puerile posts of Pocky or penile pulchritude include:

 
 
 



 

Frog dreaming of President Pepe

Here’s the alt-right election nightmare of Pepe the Frog’s creator, Matt Furie

 
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Title: Pepe the Frog: To Sleep, Perchance to Meme

 

CYUNT!!~♡

Hurry! Hurry! Hurry!
Step right up into the Cyunt Booth please…
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Let’s CYUNT happy!
“Cyunt” is purikura/photo sticker photo booth (Wiki) for creating schoolgirl type photos.

goofy Google Translate of korona.co.jp…
Japan’s newest photo booth machine, Cyun’t
Let’s experience who ‘Love the pre’ faster than ♡ (^ o ^) ♡
Cyunt’s biggest feature is “pre-character me” that lets you create your own cartoon caricature using Cyunt’s software tools that recognize the position and shape of facial parts such as eyes, mouth, eyebrows from the photographed image.

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Cyun’t is writen in the Japanese katakana script for foreign words and pronounced Kyunto (キュント), which is as close as Japanese can get to ‘cünt.’


 
Our previous reports of unfortunate engrish on signs in Japan include:

 




Red-letter day!

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I see that that today, November 3rd, is marked prominently in red on my calendar as a national holiday. It’s Godzilla Day (it’s also Bunka-no-Hi, Culture Day).

 
godilla day gojira dance party
 

 
Previous reports of Japanese red-letter days include: