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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…

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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.

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4/6/2014

Golden

His earrings are golden.

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His name is Eijiroh Miyamae (age 80), aka Boshi Ojisan (“Hat Man”) or Harajuku Ojisan (harajuku-ojisan). Some people say he used to be a postman but he always wanted to be an actor. Others say he is a true artist, of the Outsider/Intuitive School:
    • wikipedia.org/wiki/Eijiro_Miyama
    • facebook.com/BoshiOjisan
    • Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne*

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*Biography:
Miyama, Eijiro (1934), Japan
Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne
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Eijiro Miyama was born in Mie Prefecture, Japan. A loner, he never married and has always led a wandering sort of existence. He has had various jobs, notably as a day labourer in the construction industry and as a lorry driver. When he was around fifty-five, he settled in one of the boarding houses for impoverished working men in Yokohama’s Kotobuki district
One day, about ten years ago, Eijiro Miyama walked around with a cup of instant noodles on his head. People turned to stare as he went by. This act, provocative and liberating, gave him a huge feeling of exaltation. He gradually created eccentric headgear that he adorned with toys and sundry objects found discarded at flea marketscontinues


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4/2/2014

lil’ Big Bo Peep

quoter leftNeed volunteers help carrying out work I’m looking for: Wipe off the rubber and transporting → for the TARO Award.quoter right
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These lil’ Big Bo Peep and her sheep are wearing kinky kigurumi costumes (3Yen / 2013-08-29) of inflated latex rubber by the award-winning Japanese artist, “Saeborg”—The 3Yen previously reported on his inflated artsy-fartsy masterpieces in: Old McDonalds had a farm…in Japan (3Yen / 2013-08-29, shown on the right).


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3/30/2014

Trout whack

Just whacking the trout, Japanese style…

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nunu of the dead • 2chan.net 2014mar27


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3/23/2014

Japanese pussy food

It all started with Patrick Macias’ Twitter/Instagram link to a Japanese quoter leftpussy foodquoter right photo, which was a

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Good morning, Shibuya. What have you for me? —Photo by counterespy

Harmless enough picture. However, I felt it was marred by a red, engrishy “But still do it” sticker stuck right in the middle of the otherwise-amusing graffiti. but-still-do-it Before erasing But still do it with Photoshop, I decided to check if the sticker had any meaning other than having a fun-time of public defacement.

Yikes. But still do it/ Demo, yarun da yo!/(でも、やるんだよ!) turns out to be the tagline of a serious sicko, the Japanese manga artist Takashi Nemoto (根本 敬氏), the so-called Robert Crumb of Japan’s Heta-Uma (good but bad) comics. That is, he’s “Japan’s Robert Crumb” if Crumb was more into incest, child molestation, cannibalism, bestiality rape, and giant pulsating radioactive penises shaped like sweet potatoes.

But still do it

To enjoy more of Nemoto, refer to:
   •Baked sweet potato for Dad at lambiek.net
   •Takashi Nemoto’s official engrish website


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Takashi Nemoto: Monster Men Bureiko Lullaby
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Available in English from Amazon.com.


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3/21/2014

Yet another mysterious Japanese holiday–Shunki Korei-sai

It’s the Springtime Worship of the Imperial Ancestors called Shunki Korei-sai of the wild‘n’wacky Kokutai Cult of Shinto.

Don’t worry—No virgin sacrifices anymore—Just another of the many mysterious Japanese national holidays—It has been lamely renamed Vernal Equinox Day (Wiki).

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Learn more about previous Vernal Equinox Days…
   • Japan took a break for 3 days (3Yen / 2010-03-23)
   • fluff (3Yen / 2009-03-20)

Posted by Taro in Arts/Culture, General | 1 Comment »

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3/20/2014

Yaki imo-o-o-o!

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In these final days of cold weather, the street venders are still prowling streets selling yakimo, hot roasted sweet potatoes, from their odd smoking mini-trucks that look like they are on fire (left).

However, the hot potato car below is a sweet mashup of a customized V12 Toyota Century (3Yen / 2005-09-02) with long obliquely-cut exhaust pipes called takeyari (bamboo spear), and chrome bits of a wrecked Dekotora/art truck (3Yen / 2010-10-28).

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Funky yaki-imo truck (?) in Nakameguro. #ghostbusters pic.twitter.com/noZSUCh790— Jérôme Sénaillat (@remka) March 19, 2014

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Jerome Senaill @remka

Hear the sad yakimo songs that these street venders yowl as they cruse the cruel streets that I recorded:
   • Electric Crow Funk on Tokyo (3Yen / 2010-01-15)

   • Listen to Momus’ mix-masterpiece that he created from his
     yakimo vender song on the streets of Osaka.

          (March 23rd, 2012)
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3/19/2014

‘The wettest water in the world’ is from Japan, of course

Of course, quoter leftThe wettest water in the worldquoter right is from Japan.

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Ken-Tanaka
https://t.co/1PyJBk63zA #Japan #JapaneseKen Tanaka (@KenTanakaLovesU) Mar. 19, 2014

Watch the full book commercial…


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3/17/2014

3D printed ‘Graffiti’ creatures from Japan

Original drawing              3D printed objet d’art
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Here’s a fun and strange use for 3D printers I found on the Japanese news site Excite Bit (March 11, 2014—goofy Google Translate)
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3-D printer service creates figurines from kid’s drawings
Excite Bit (in Japanese)
this service creates 3D figurines of kids’ drawings that they call “Rakukuri (3D Graffiti Creatures)” 3D Remind, Ltd. of Osaka’s 3D printer business takes regular 2D drawings, doodles, scribbles, etc. sent to them and generates 3D data for printing using their proprietary “Rakukuri” software as shown below.

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