A moment of silence please…
…the inventor of poisonous spam musubi has passed away.
Spam musubi lives on
Barbara Funamura, a woman of many talents, passes away at 78
The Garden Island | 2016-May-25
POIPU – When Barbara Funamura created the first Spam musubi, she had no idea how popular it would become.
“There are Spam musubi everywhere,” said Dan Funamura, Barbara’s husband…She was described as a nutritionist (sic), entrepreneur, and the originator of the Spam musibi.
Possibly the worse food of the 20th Century, Spam sushi aka “Spam musubi” (Wiki) has poisoned Hawaiians for decades. Just look at it. Puke.
Our previous reports of dubious sushi include:
As part of the Yakuza gangster’s outreach program, here is a rear view of the Yakuza Wives Club® at last Saturday’s Sanja Matsuri/festival (3Yen 2016-05-14).
Today is Tokyo’s biggest-&-wildest festival, the Sanja Matsuri.
The Sanja Matsuri (三社祭, literally “Three Shrine Festival”) had heavily tattooed yakuza gangsters out in full force carrying the portable shrines through the endless crowds. Held in the Asakusa temple district, an area 1000 meters by 200 meters, the crowd this year numbers between 1.5 to 2 million people—crushed.
You can see more photos of the masuri/festival parade in the Comments section…
Another Boys Day, in another time,…
May 5th officially “Children’s Day,” a national holiday, which has been explained here in many different ways:
…Thought to have begun in 1154, the festival lures the god of pestilence (疫神—Ekijin) back to his shrine with huge red parasols topped with five spring branches. It was believed the god became distracted by the sakura/cherry blossoms, and without his vigilance pestilence could run wild in the city.
Green Shinto website
Yasurai Festival (Imamiya Jinja)
…directs the pestilence god known as gechinsai…and festival parades… converge at the shrine to perform rituals for the kami/gods. The main feature is the dance of the demons.
You can never have too much luck or money … or lucky cats.
The Maneki Neko (literally in Japanese the “Beckoning Cat”; aka Lucky Cat, Money Cat) is a favorite Japanese figurine to bring luck, attract customers and bring prosperity. The Lucky Cat waves with its raised left paw and holds an old-style gold coin in its right paw. More info: wikipedia.org/wiki/Maneki-neko
A few of our many Maneki Neko reports include:
Learn more details at: japanistas.com
Previous reports of cast iron art include:
Q: So, Tokyo still winterish and there has been a cold drizzle for past week and half…What do you wear?
A: An inflatable cat raincoat of course.
See an additional cat-lady closeup in the Comments section…
A few our many(‽) previous inflatable and raincoat reports include:
Shocking news: Japan plans to eliminate its National Tree—the sacred Concrete Utility Pole, which has been a scenic part of the Japanese landscape aesthetic for past 100 years.
National, local governments advance project to bury unsightly power lines
Mainichi News | February 14, 2016
The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is considering a bill to promote the relocation of power lines underground, a project backed by local governments, businesses and the prime minister to improve Japan’s scenery…
…the LDP would require power companies and other businesses to refrain from laying new overhead power lines and installing power poles, and move forward with the removal of existing ones.
Previous reports of Japan’s charmingly favorite “tree” include:
This morning is the winter’s first sloppy, wet. mostly-melted snow in Tokyo…
…And thanks to global warming perhaps this will be the only snow (for the past 10 years Tokyo has been getting less and less snow)
Snowman during the Edo period Ukiyo-e.
Snow cat and geisha…