Separated at birth?
(Ritual Japanese food vs Safety helmet)
The above Mickey Mouse rice cakes (鏡餅 — Wikipedia) are a traditional Japanese New Year decoration consisting of two rounded mochi (pounded rice), the smaller placed atop the larger (see right). Kagami mochi is usually placed in a household Shinto altar, or kamidana in the tokonoma, a small decorated alcove in the main room of the home.
Contempory ones like the Mickey Mouse rice cakes are often pre-moulded into the shape of stacked discs, made in plastic packages for the mass market, and sold as a holiday decoration much like a crappy plastic Christmas wreath.
Our previous reports of mochi rice include:
The Propaganda Kimonos Japan Kept Hidden From Outsiders
These beautiful garments celebrate military power.
Atlas Obscura | Nov. 16, 2016
…Japanese propaganda kimonos, a form of Japanese popular art that flourished from 1900 to 1945 and has only been rediscovered in the past decade. Known as omoshirogara—literally, “interesting” or “amusing” designs—they include kimonos and other traditional Japanese apparel…After much hesitation, Japan is beginning to show an interest in these kimono designs…more.…
Caption: General Matsui Iwane triumphantly entering Nanking (of Massacre fame).
Our previous reports of gettin’ under the kimono include:
Daruma* bums around Japan…
Click on the left and right arrows to view the slide show of Daruma.
Daruma previously reported on include:
I see that that today, November 3rd, is marked prominently in red on my calendar as a national holiday. It’s Godzilla Day (it’s also Bunka-no-Hi, Culture Day).
Previous reports of Japanese red-letter days include:
My buddy @Pubgobilin gave me a heads-up on what he called a “Penis Party” on 11/11—November 11th, which also happens to be the semi-phallic Pocky Day (3Yen / 2010-11-11). →
11/11 Phallic Worship Summit
goofy Google Translate of www.loft-prj.co.jp
Genital summit of century is finally being held in Osaka at “Loft Plus One West”! ~
Our Japanese faith in the Sex Gods has been handed down from ancient times. Travelers’ guardian deities in the form of phalli quietly protect on the roadsides … In order to protect the phallic worship that is being be lost with modernization, now is the time the power of our Chi to rise—The Phallic Generation.
Our previous puerile posts of Pocky or penile pulchritude include:
Here are few of our previous reports of the true survivors of Japan, the Cones:
Sorry about that gitch that took News.3Yen.com off-line for the past day, but…
Reports are coming in to our news desk of a UFO crashed landing at an art festival in Mt. Rokko.
In case you were wondering about the UFO logo on the flying saucer in the pond, Nissin Foods Inc. sells the highly popular “UFO” brand of instant Sosu Yakisoba (pan-fried noodles).
Other 3Yen reports of alien noodles include:
New Ukiyo-e train etiquette posters for Seibu trains targeting foreigners?
giga-goofy Google Translate of trafficnews.jp | 2016-Sept-15
Seibu Railways has started a new “manners up” (マナーアップ) promotion with the slogan, “Train in the junk stands astride” (電車内迷惑図絵), ha, ha.
Debuting on September 15, 2016, these train etiquette posters have a motif of traditional ukiyo‑e prints, and they are aimed at interesting foreigners in their message.
The posters have illustrations of the Edo Era (1603 to 1868) of people causing a space problem on a modern train car and include an English admonishment, “Please let others sit comfortably” …more...
Also check out our previous reports about train “man-spreading” manners as well as our other posts on ukiyo‑e prints:
To learn more about traditional Japanese ukiyo-e prints, refer to:
3 tons of fun —‘Rain begging’ dragon parade
Goofy Google Translate of nippon.com [2016.09.09]
The “Suneori Amagoi” rain blessing is a Shinto ritual against drought
With a big open red mouth, jagged teeth, golden eyes, the ryujin
/dragon… parade has a furry of poundinding drums and the heroic calls of conch shell trumpets that symbolizes the thunder and rai, A strange dragon/snake withe huge teeth and white beard wiggles its huge, 3 ton body slowly from the Shirahige shrine through town in the Tsurugashima Suneori district of Saitama Prefecture.
Details in English at: www.city.tsurugashima.lg.jp…
Previous reports wild matsuri/parades include: