Happy heart—Happy Valentine–Happy Japan
Previous reports of Japanese Valentines on the 3Yen include:
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).
My previous reports of goofy loose character mascots and goofier geisha include:
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:
“…a stalactite named Jukki-kun..of Zao Onsen Ski Resort…”
Ok the first problem is that StalacTITES hold tight to the ceiling—Stalagmites might grow to meet them.
But actually, Jukki-kun is a “Juhyo” (樹氷) Snow Monster—a snow formation of built up as snow-&-ice that condensed upon the conifers of Zao Mountain.
Definitely he’s a “used condom”…and a bukkake party monster.
Our previous reports of the snow creatures of Japan include:
Yesterday, Japan’s snack food brand, Calbee, announced the release of the taste of Fukui Prefecture:
“Watery Taste(ha, ha)” potato chips.
Strict Japanese weapon laws sadly force folks to use odd-tech…wood knives, ha, ha.
Our previous reports of hi-tech Japanese weapons include:
For several years I lived across the street from Tokyo’s ‘secret’ garden, Rikugien.
Basically, it was my home away from home as I visited it every day.
Rikugien Garden (六義園) is arguably central Tokyo’s best–It’s constantly used by the Foreign Ministry of Japan to give foreign VIPs a taste of traditional landscaping aesthetics. And for extra fun, Rikugien Garden has several small teahouses can be privately reserved quite reasonably.
Check out the City of Tokyo’s official website for the garden at: teien.tokyo-park.or.jp/en/rikugien
Let’s パクリ/ripoff happy!!~
Shoes of fruits and vegetables adorn the cover of this month’s GINZA magazine—a special art piece by Yoshida UNI.
A few of our zillion previous reports Japan’s “cruel shoes” include: