″Sumo or cheerleading practice?″
See the Rest-of-the-Story in the full Youtube video of this exhibition match.
A few of the many previous 3Yen reports on the sillier side of sumo include:
That way madness lies. A tsukemono (pickled cucumber) dog.
— Mulboyne (@Mulboyne) April 17, 2015
Previous reports weird wiener reports on the 3Yen include:
…Hideaki Kawashima summons primal anxieties of removable skin, made more relevant by the rise of virtual, second lives…
Exhibition at Ben Maltz Gallery
Exhibition at Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design (Los Angeles): Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal
—From the 1985 film, “Brazil”, the perpetual facelift of the character Mrs. Ida Lowry played by Katherine Helmond (IMDb.com)
The above is from the animated intro for the NHK program, “Flowers bloom in the Northeast.”
The program is tour of the Northeast of Japan with a “mysterious girl” that the public broadcaster, NHK, has aired as part of the reconstruction campaign for the Great Tohoku Earthquake/Tsunami/Nuclear Disaster of 2011 (Wiki).
You can view the entire animation at the official NHK website…
Click to play.
Japanese Passion Play at the Tokyo Lucky Hole
by Nobuyoshi Araki (Wiki)
The national bird of Japan is the mutant three-legged crow (3Yen 2009-07-27). Therefore, the crow fashion below is “traditional.”
Jimmu, Japan’s legendary first emperor…encountered a three-legged crow named Yatagarasu…believed to be a messenger of the gods, or an incarnation of the sun
—via Japan National Tourism Organization: Three-Legged Crows
Mulboyne writes (March 6, 2015):
The ancient Japanese tradition of pole dancing performed in front of Nijo Castle for the Parasophia arts festival in Kyoto.
About: “Parasophia”—the Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015 is the first large-scale international exhibition of contemporary art to be held in Kyoto.
Performance: Miwa Yanagi’s Stage Trailer Project “Pole Dance Show on Stage Trailer”
Previous 3Yen reports the plague of pole dancing in Japan include:
• Tokyo pole dancer fail (3Yen / 2010-08-27)
• Robo-Geisha pole dance (3Yen / 2009-10-06)
• Tokyo Metro’s pole dancer warning poster
(3Yen / 2012-10-01) ↓
Today, March third, is Hina Matsuri–the “Doll Festival.”
Also called “Girls’ Day,” it is an unofficial holiday in Japan that offers a blessing for health and long life of girls (and gives them a once-a-year chance at playing with a very elaborate set of dolls).
Translation of main lyrics of the “ひな祭り/Hinamatsuri” song in the video above:
Let’s light the lanterns
Let’s see peach flowers
Five court musicians are playing flutes and drums
Today is a joyful Dolls’ Festival
The dolls displayed on a tiered stage for Hinamatsuri represent O-hime-sama—the Empress and O-dairi-sama—the the Emperor. The imperial couple is followed by lower ranks of courtiers, attendants, and musicians who all decked out in traditional court dress of Japan’s Heian period. The dolls are talismans to bring luck, or amulets to absorb evil spirits and protect. For more information, refer to Wikipedia.