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7/27/2014

‘Sekuhara’ (sexual harassment) gets big in Japan

The new Goji-chan (aka Godzilla | 3Yen / 2014-02-25) is having his way with poor Nana-chan* the emblematic mannequin of Nagoya Station.

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Other 3Yen reports of sekuhara/sexual harassment and abuse of mannequins in Japan include:


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7/23/2014

Forever Alone Club, Japan

quoter leftI am a lover without a lover. I am lovely and lonely and I belong deeply to myself.quoter right Warsan Shire

Ah Japan, you never disappoint.

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According to RocketNews24’s report, Man questioned by police after building “girl” out of plastic bottles, taking her out on a date, the “inventor” Showta Mori solved all his forever-alone problems by creating Lisako, his ‘PET bottle lover,’ who he takes on a fun series
of romantic dating: quoter leftadventures that would have David Lynch scratching his head and saying, ‘Now, that’s just weird.’quoter right

Enjoy the real Japan.


Some of the many previous mentions of Japan’s Forever Alone Club on the 3Yen include:


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7/21/2014

Happy Marine Day, Japan

We are having a happy Marine Day (marine day japanUmi no hi) holiday in Japan today. So…

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Lucky Dragon No. 5 by Ishihara Nanami

Note:
“Lucky Dragon No. 5″ refers to the unlucky Japanese fishing boat, with a crew of 23 men, which was exposed to nuclear fallout from the thermonuclear device test on Bikini Atoll, on March 1, 1954: wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucky_Dragon_No._5 The incident was referred to in the opening scene of the first Godzilla movie: badassdigest.com/2013/07/28/lucky-dragon-5.
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Opening scene, Godzilla (1959)

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6/21/2014

Left hand fanning in summertime Japan

Today is the First Day of Summer, and you know that summer has really arrived in Japan when they start giving away fans on the street. Today, I am “left hand fanning”—hidari uchiwa, which is an idiom in Japanese for ‘living easy*,’ but not with this Pfizer VIAGRA® giveaway fan.

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Details: GIGAZINE (Google Translate)

Here are more typical examples of the promotional, hole-type, uchiwa fans that are given away for free when it gets hot in Japan.

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The phrase, “left hand fanning” (hidari uchiwa) is an idiom in Japanese for, “living easy” such as in the following haiku by the poet Issa.

white space is the buddha nature
edo no mizu nomu tote hidari uchiwa kana
edo no mizu nomu tote hidari uchiwa kana
living in comfort in Edo
his left hand
fanning

white space is good for the soul the poet, Issa
(Edo is the old name for Tokyo and this is Issa’s cynical remark about his contemporary haiku-poets living in Edo.”)

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Daruma buddha uchiwa

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5/19/2014

Japanese Junk-in-the-Trunk

Here’s another kind of Junk-in-the-Trunk in the windows of the Hermes shop in Shibuya fashion district of Tokyo.

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エルメスのわからなさすぎる世界観。この犬みたいなのが死神に見えるのは私だけですかね。 pic.twitter.com/3KekNTo43E
— よしみったん、うまかっちゃん (@hiris914) April 17, 2014

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Read the rest of the story of these Trunk Monsters at RocketNews24.com (May 19, 2014):
   • What in the world is going on at Hermes in Shibuya??


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5/14/2014

Alien Tomato Curry wins at festival in Yokosuka Japan!

The winner at Sunday’s the Yokosuka Curry Festival 2014 was Alien Tomato Curry!

tomato curry alien boy
「よこすかカレーフェスティバル2014」優勝☆北本トマトカレー食レポまとめ | No:8251 | 北本日記(@kitamoto_nikki) http://t.co/WnLOt10tZ0 pic.twitter.com/ZGiXHqINL5
— 北本日記2号 (@kitamoto_nikki2) May 10, 2014


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5/11/2014

Japanese researchers aren’t saying it was aliens, but…

…But, these “animal” patterns shown in the news video don’t look very animal like, do they?

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Japanese team finds new animal patterns in Nazca
NHK | May 8, 2014
Japanese researchers say they have found animal drawings dating back to around 400 to 200 B.C. in southern Peru.
A team led by Yamagata University Professor Masato Sakai …. found at 17 locations on a hillside about one kilometer north of downtown Nazca. The largest is about 15 meters longmore

said-openIs such a thing EVEN possible? Yes it is.said-closed ~Giorgio A. Tsoukalos


Previous close encounters reported on the 3Yen include:


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5/5/2014

It’s my day — Boy’s Day national holiday in Japan

Monday, May 5th, is Boy’s Day, which is now hiding in Witness Protection and is called “Children’s Day” by the politically correct (kodomo no hi in Japanese).

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Shown above is a postcard of Tokyo’s glitzy Ginza district featuring carp streamers that were set up to celebrate Boys’ Day 1959.

And, the photo below shows the Koinobori (carp streamers) flying in Sagamihara, suburban Tokyo where about 1,200 streamers hung across the river for this “Golden Week” holiday (3Yen / 2010-05-01).

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Previous years’ reports on the 3Yen of Children’s and Boy’s Day in Japan include: little-carp-girl

white space is good for the soul

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4/13/2014

Cruel clogs … Tokyo’s hooker parade

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Japan’s Ministry of Silly Walks* offers for your pleasure…

cruel clogs of japan animated

Yesterday was the grand Oiran/Hooker Parade of Tokyo’s Asakusa temple–cum–pleasure district.
The cosplaying ladies shown below are pretending to be Oiran (Wiki), or high-class courtesans/hookers, and they reenact the grand Oiran Dochu, the parade around the pleasure quarters of Tokyo’s Yoshiwara district (Wiki).


Ok, let’s get a close-up of the hooker’s Cruel Shoes (3Yen / 2012-06-06)

View videos of yesterday’s hooker parade and the cinematic version of the Oiran Parade in our COMMENTS section…

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See more Japanese Cruel Clogs (3Yen / 2012-05-27) , and learn about how Japanese girls are short but really(3Yen / 2009-10-09).


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4/7/2014

Museum Japanesque

All around the world, private museums are run by rather unique* folks, and Japan is no exception.

via Ushijima1129Tumblr


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