According to Wikipedia, there are many varieties of shuriken —known in the West as ‘throwing stars.’ Ninja Kumamon is shown with his bō shuriken (棒手裏剣, stick shuriken).
Bō shuriken can be constructed from a wide variety of everyday items, hence there were many shapes and sizes. Some derived their names from the materials of which they were made, such as kugi-gata (nail form), hari-gata (needle form) and bara-gata (rose form), ha, ha.
Every nengajo campaign for New Years’ postcards needs maiko / muppet combination…
According to the Sankei News the last New Year’s card (nengajo) before the current Emperor retires and ends the Heisei Era (1989 to 2019) was being promoted by maiko young geisha in training and muppets in kimono in a kindergarten in Kyoto.
Sadly, the muppets of Japan’s spinoff “Sento* Street” did not make the cut for the New Years’ card promotional campaign.
*“Sento” being Japanese public baths. Previously, I posted about sento baths in:
Prime Minister Abe (R) and the government’s “Cool Japan™” initiative is sponsoring a huge, official NINJA KANCHO ATTACK.
The purpose of this poking kancho anus attack is to promote tourism by using “ninja culture as a magnet (Japan Today / 2018-Dec-12)” with the approach of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
"MER CONTINENT" is a capsule toy series of animal figurines that are designed around the MerLion theme. Price: 200 yen each The series from the new "Panda's Hole" brand of T-TARTS (Takara Tomy Toys' arts division) featuring the work of outside artists.https://t.co/cXR8o1XURkpic.twitter.com/IXF3jaX6aV
Q: Why puking-good-fun “art” toys like the “MER CONTINENT” series?
A: Because of Japanese world’s highest rate of negative population growth, TOMY decided that adult toys would soon be their only market since Japan has so few children being born. Hence, Tomy’s new hinky “T.ARTS” brand.
My friend Mulboyne spotted this warning to Shibuya H’weeners…
Shibuya mayor, Ken Hasebe, has asked Halloween revellers to enjoy themselves but also to not get too carried away (節度を持って楽しんで) . Halloween is now a big event for the ward, so they don’t want any bad press. shibukei.com/headline/13570/
Halloween crowds in Shibuya Tokyo
A few of our many previous reports of Japanese Halloween include:
This is the twentieth birthday of the NHK TV character Domo-kun and there’s speculation here in Japan about:
‵‵Whatever happened to Domo-kun, the furry brown monster with the jagged maw?′′
Could Domo-kun at 20 mean 2.0? japantimes.co.jp | 2018/09/13
…Domo-kun has been largely absent from social media. Today’s mascots, on the other hand, use everything at their disposal to win you over… it isn’t so much that Domo-kun has disappeared; it’s more that the mascot field he helped push into popularity has become more crowded. More...
Just a few of our many past stories about Domo-kun include:
Criticism of the Fukushima City art installation of “Sun Child” statue wearing radiation protective suit sankei.com | 2018.8.12 (funky Google Translate)
“Fighting rumor damage of Fukushima nuclear accident”: Amid criticism of the statue installed near JR Fukushima Station, a public apology was issued on the 12th.
Created by the artist, Kenji Yanobe, the “Sun Child” statue is about 6.2 meters high and depicts a child with its protective helmet removed and a chest-mounted radiation dosimeter indicating “000.”
At the statue’s unveiling ceremony held on May 3, Mayor Hiroshi Kibata said, “Contemporary art is abstractly expressed unlike science” and asked for understanding…blah, blah, blah…
More (in Japanese)…
In a way the criticism of the statue by people of Fukushima City is understandable since the level of background radiation in Fukushima City and most Fukushima prefecture is the same as anywhere else in Japan.
The Real Japan™ story on the six o’clock news right now is:
A man died because someone pumped compressed air up his anus. via @nomikamura (2018 July 16)
UPDATE: Man arrested for killing friend by blasting compressed air up rectum
—Workmate dies from dastardly indignity. Could cheeky Japanese childhood practice be behind spate of anal prank deaths?— atimes.com | The Asian Times | July 16, 2018
Our previous reports of Japanese kancho play-with-prejudice include: