Kitanosaurus Khristmas?




kitanosaurus_kita_shi This kracked Khristmas Kitanosaurus statue popped up in my Twitter feed today and it got me wondering what as the meaning of the strange statue in the Osaka subway and if it had a backstory.

I googled “Kitanosaurus” since I’m not not very familiar with Osaka and I discovered that there were plenty of photos of the beastie but no information in English* about the statue except its location in JR Kita-Shinchi Station.
It turns out that the キタノザウルス aka “Kitano Zaurus” was installed in June 23, 1997 by the Osaka Advertising Association with the wish it would become a meeting place. The idea is that the Japanese word “Kitano” means ‘Northside.’

It also turns out there is a “Kitano Zaurus Legend
Long ago and far away, far away in the Jurassic period there lived a monster daughter called “Kitano.” One day she came to the beach in Osaka Kitano, carrying a rice packed in rice straw bundle on her back to meet with her friend. However, the friend not come as promised. Kitanosaurus waited for long time and finally fell asleep.
Finally on June 23, 1997, when someone tickled her, Kitanosaurus woke up for a long, long sleep while saying, “…Has he come yet?”


And that is the secret of Kitanosaurus’ feet.
There is a heart mark on the sole of the right foot and on the sole of the left foot is written the instruction to, “Touch me for good luck.

icon kitasaurus
However, as the last laugh on the Osaka Advertising Association’s promotional efforts, the Kitanosaurus has a reputation of being, “The meeting place nobody knows*.” Even Kunio Sato, the creator of Kitanosaurus says, “There aren’t any people there, so anyone who waits there can be found immediately.”

Merry Kinkmas!

Merry Kinkmas!
via Underwater Knee-high Stockings

Killer Kumamon, and his ninja rose shuriken

くまモン kumamon writes:

You can also see if you dream. Oh Bear!〜☆


Japan’s zany mascot, Kumamon the bear, is acting deadly with his rose shuriken—the throwing dart of super-secret ninja of the barazoku/薔薇族—the Rose Tribe (urbandictionary).

According to Wikipedia, there are many varieties of shuriken —known in the West as ‘throwing stars.’ Ninja Kumamon is shown with his bō shuriken (棒手裏剣, stick shuriken).

Bō shuriken can be constructed from a wide variety of everyday items, hence there were many shapes and sizes. Some derived their names from the materials of which they were made, such as kugi-gata (nail form), hari-gata (needle form) and bara-gata (rose form), ha, ha.
Previous 3Yen reports of killer Kumamon’s antics include:
   • Kumamon did it! (3Yen / 2014-04-13)
   • Kumamon gets crazier (3Yen / 2013-07-07)
   • Panic disordered characters in the kitchen (3Yen / 2012-11-04)
panic disordered character in the kitchen..



Sesame Street beats out Japan’s “SENTO STREET”

Every nengajo campaign for New Years’ postcards needs maiko / muppet combination…
According to the Sankei News the last New Year’s card (nengajo) before the current Emperor retires and ends the Heisei Era (1989 to 2019) was being promoted by maiko young geisha in training and muppets in kimono in a kindergarten in Kyoto.

Sadly, the muppets of Japan’s spinoff “Sento* Street” did not make the cut for the New Years’ card promotional campaign.
*“Sento” being Japanese public baths. Previously, I posted about sento baths in:


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Idiot = baka = Trump

For some strange reason, if you Google the word ‘idiot’… a picture of Trump comes up, hee, hee. This even happens in a Japanese search of バカ/baka (idiot) or バカ (idiot) + トランプ (Trump).
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The Japanese government’s official ninja kancho team

Prime Minister Abe (R) and the government’s “Cool Japan” initiative is sponsoring a huge, official NINJA KANCHO ATTACK.
The purpose of this poking kancho anus attack is to promote tourism by using “ninja culture as a magnet (Japan Today / 2018-Dec-12)” with the approach of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

kancho suprise buttsecs


Previous kancho attacks on the 3Yen include:



Be bear—Be careful

Be bear! Be careful everybody, mon!〜☆
(The bear mascot, Kumamon, revels in Tokyo’s Yamamote Line’s priority Bariatric Seating for three persons.)

Our previous reports from the seat of power of Kumamon, include:



Nothing is charming?

nothing-is-charming-sign-yokohama-198x For past week in Yokohama, I’ve been stumbling across sidewalk signs reading:
     Nothing is charming.
But hey, everything in Japan is a bit mysterious…especially mangled engrish.
When I finally bothered to read the fine print, I discovered out the Yokohama City government and local businesses especially Starbucks Coffee Japan are holding an holding a “light down event” (sic) named Nothing is Charming on December 11, which is the 21st anniversary of the Kyoto Protocol.


On Tuesday night from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, all lights in the cafes will be turned down to let people enjoy “Nothing” (and to “rethink our life without lights”). Originally the plan was to ban the use of any electronic devices during the “Nothing” event but the most recent press releases don’t mention that any more here in the Land of the Smartphone Obsessed.

♬ It’s beginning to look a lot like Squidmas ~

♪It’s beginning to look a lot like Squidmas…♪♬~

♬~Gather around the Squidmas tree …♪♬~


For the-rest-of-the-story, please enjoy our previous explanation of the Spinning Squid Christmas Tree (3Yen / 2008-12-06).


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