Japanese pumpkins are green and goofy…
Calling someone in Japanese a “kabucha” is an old-fashioned slang word for someone ‘stupid’ or ‘empty headed’ (similar to having a head that’s like the hollow inside of a pumpkin).
The above photo of the green pumpkin-head girls in kimono is most likely a playbill for a manzai/comedy team.
Yesterday was Magnet Day in Japan.
October 1st = 10/1 = 十/一, which is like the “plus” and “minus” signs found on batteries.
That is, the Japanese kanji for the number 10 is “十” (ju) and the number 1 is “一 ” (ichi).
More on Japanese numbers at: omniglot.com/language/numbers/japanese
Today, September 23rd, is the Fall Equinox. However, Fall in Japanese—aki/あき—is a bitch…when it is written as an old traditional kanji character.
Today is Japanese national holiday, Respect for the Aged Day (Wiki).
Learn more about this public holiday in the previous 3Yen reports about R-E-S-P-E-C-T Day:
• Respect & Japanese needs (3Yen / 2011-09-19)
• Can’t get no Respect-for-the-Aged (3Yen / 2010-09-20/)
• What is Silver Week? (3Yen / 2009-09-13)
The Pink Soy Sauce using red beets* from Tottori Prefecture took first place in the “So there! Awards 2015.” That competition of local specialities was run by CLUB 47 representing the newspapers of Japan’s 47 prefectures†.
The prefecture’s precious pink puke sauce was judged the best because of its, ″ bright pink features qualities that are concealed in regular soy sauce″—Sankei News (2015-Sept-17).
Previous saucy reports on the 3Yen include:
In the middle of yesterday’s torrential downpour, they troll for sushi in the canal that runs through Osaka’s famous Dotonbori entertainment district (Wiki).
Pendant ce temps-là au Japon… Sur le canal Dōtonbori à Osaka — Actualité Japon (@Nipponconnexion) September 10, 2015
UPDATE: This photo seems to have been “liberated” from yesterday’s full report by Brian Ashcraft on Kotaku.com: Giant sushi floats through Osaka
Previous reports on the 3Yen of Osaka’s Dotonbori include:
Japan Air Self Defense Force gets the latest in stealth technology—radar-invisible, kinky* kokeshi aircraft…
*Kokeshi (こけし) are handmade wooden dolls originally from northern Japan, which in popular parlance† are synonymous harikata (張形), or dildos. Wikipedia:↘
Actually, these kokeshi aircraft are part of this month’s Take a Sky Journey! campaign of Miyagi Prefecture in the north of Japan: skyjourney-miyagi.jp
Previous 3Yen reports of kokeshi and also the “innovative” technology of Japan’s Air Self Defense Forces include:
No need to browse at this new bookshop in Tokyo. They carry only one title per week.
All hail the Call of Cthulhu in Kyoto!
(A Japanese incarnation of Great Old One, Cthulhu (Wiki), at Kyoto’s Shimabara Sumiyoshi-jinja)
According to Kyoto Daily Photo:
…the phrase the ‘earthworms sing’ refers to any unknown singing insect. This battered Komainu (Lion-Dog) was caught up in the highly political separation of Shinto from Buddhism in 1868 (Wiki), when the shrine was all but abolished. The Komainu endured long enough to see the gods returned in 2001.
Also refer to the previous 3Yen post:
The Call of CTHULHU in Tokyo! ↓ (3Yen 2007-01-06)
← Shinjuku district’s famed “Robot Restaurant” (3Yen 2015-02-05), (3Yen 2012-07-28) had a huge presence at the Tokyo’s 35th annual “Asakusa Samba Carnival,” which of course is held on the last weekend of August—perfect time for “carnival” in Japanese thinking.
Also view video the samba parade taken from several other vantage points in our Comments section.