Begets, begets, begets …

Friend of the 3Yen, Mulboyne writes:

For Easter 2017, you don’t just get Kewpie in an Elmo Easter Bunny outfit like 2016 (left). This year you also get him in an egg (right).

2016-vs-2017

Hmmm.
The Egg begets the Easter Bunny who begets Elmo who in turn begets Kewpie and thus begetting The Inner True Form??true-colors-true-form
 

A few of our previous reports Japanese twisted EASTER include:

 



Tomorrow’s Sour Lemon

tomorrow-lemon-sour-640x goofy Google Translate of the even goofier looking Suntory press release for April 04, 2017
Suntory Chuhai “Tomorrow’s Lemon Sour”
  — New for limited time
  — Salty lemon flavored with amino acids
Suntory Spirits Co., Ltd. will release “Tomorrow’s Lemon Sour” for a limited time only across the country starting from April 4. Illustrator Tomoko Ono expressed a bright and fun feeling by designing a, “scene enjoying lemon sour with a smile.”
Suggested retail price: 141 yen ($1.25 USD) / 350 ml per can / 5% alcohol

 

Our previous reports about Japanese chuhai spirits include:

  • Suck on these lemons (3Yen / 2017-03-04)
  • Chuhai breakfast special (3Yen / 2015-07-13/) /em>
  • Carp flavored Alcopop, from Japan of course (3Yen / 2011-06-17)

 



Kimono vs toilets

How to go to the toilet in a kimono  .  .  .  not.

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セレブ感がハンパない!漆仕上げに蒔絵の装飾、日本の伝統をまとったプレミアムなトイレ誕生Japaaan
Premium pooping—“TOYLET ART”[sic}—a toilet finished with traditional Japanese lacquer

 

 
Japanese Factoid:
Traditionally, relieving oneself on a Japanese squat toilet while wearing a kimono was never easy. However in the old-days in Japan, panties did not exist and that made everything easier.
Actually, it’s quite the production at a Japanese wedding involving several ladies when the bride is forced to go to the toilet while wearing an uchikake/wedding kimono that can weight up to 20 kilograms (44 lbs.).
 
To learn more about Japanese premium pooping at the lacquer toilet’s manufacturer at: bidocoro.jp
 

A few of our many previous reports of kimono and toilets include:

 



Ninja workforce

ninja-workforceGhetto Images | February 20, 2017—

Here’s the staff of Koka city tourism division hard at work at the Koka City Hall on Monday. Known as the homebase of the ‘Koga’ Ninja clan, the city of Koka promotes February 22 as “Ninja Day.”

 
Previous reports of ninja in the Japanese workforce include:

 




14TH OF FEBRUARY IS FUNDOSHI/loincloth DAY, w00t!

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14TH OF FEBRUARY IS FUNDOSHI DAY
known for Valentines Day in many countries, it is also a Fundoshi Day in Japan. On Valentines Dayin Japan, we send Fundoshi [loincloths] to the ones we love...more...

eng_fundoshi_640xJAPAN FUNDOSHI ASSOCIATION | 一般社団法人 日本ふんどし協会

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Learn to loincloth in our previous Japanese fundoshi reports:

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Toasted! Full of beans

Today is February 3rdSetsubun, the beginning of spring. Everyone is throwing toasted-roasted soybeans at a member of the family wearing an Oni (demon or ogre) mask and screaming Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi! (Demons out! Come in luck!).
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For more about screwy Setsubun, refer to:setsubu devil

 



 

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Mo’ damned demon…

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By NesnadOwn work, GFDL, Link

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Mickey Mouse adulthood in Chiba

Here a sophisticated couple of 20-year-olds in traditional kimonos celebrating their “Coming of Age Day” (成人の日 / Seijin no Hi) today at Tokyo Disneyland in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

 
Our previous reports of Coming-of-Age Day include:

 




Hipster ogres of New Years — Digital shamanism

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←Japan’s traditional ogres of New Years, the Namahage, go door-to-door terrorizing children with armed with fake wooden knives accusing them of being bad or lazy…sort of like Krampus on acid. In a hipster update, Japan now has digital shamanism for Blade-Runner style Namahage.

 hipster-namahage

年の瀬ですので、都市のなまはげの為のお面を作りました。 https://t.co/1u2JWy8O28 — IKEUCHI Hiroto (@ik_products) Dec. 19, 2016

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goofy Google Translate:
The artist Etsuko Ichihara has prepared this for a new Japanese “Matsuri” (parade) RE-DESIGN project. Happiness with this first costume collaboration with “cloma-sama“.

The above ogre is part of the NTT-ICC exhibition: Digital Shamanism: “Namahage in the City — NAMAHAGE in Tokyo.

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A few of our many previous reports of the January devils of Japan  include:

 



 

How the Brew a Coffee…the Japanese Way

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How the Brew a Christmas Coffee Using a Wooden ROBO-BARISTA the Japanese Way

  1. Download special Nescafé app and fire it up.
  2. On the BARISTA app, select the emoticon that best fits your current mood.
  3. Observe that your emoticon then transforms into a cute bird character (which suspiciously looks like stealth Twitter marketing) and appears on the screen at Nescafé Barista i-coffee moment ensemble machine.
  4. Also watch that at the same time, a wooden ball is released from the top of the wooden i-coffee moment ensemble machine instrument to play a Christmas melodies* as it rolls down striking the tuned xylophone-like steps.
  5. Finally, your coffee poops out of the bottom of the robo-barista
  6. Remove your cup and drink coffee

You can enjoy this Rube Goldberg coffee machine in Tokyo’s Harajuku from Friday, Dec. 2 to Sunday Dec. 25. Derived from popular Japanese pitagorasu/ピタゴラス/Pythagorean devices, this contraption looks like a massive coffee mug measuring about three and half meters tall and three meters wide. A wooden ball is released from the top into a staircase-shaped maze that plays Christmas songs* as it rolls downwards striking the tuned xylophone steps on its way in a whimsical and entertaining display. The contraption consists of 180 xylophone-like keys and 1450 individual parts. Its construction required approximately five months and utilized laser machining as well as a number of other frou-frou technologies.

*The Christmas songs performed are:

  • We wish you a Merry Christmas
  • Joy to the World
  • Winter Wonderland

Our previous Christmassy reports of Japanese fun include:

 






Xmas ads from Japan, of course

Christmas greetings from Nagoya Sweets Salami Co.

 

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Cheesus Good Cheese (Fake Japanese Ad Characters Set)
You can find this and a bunch of other great faux-Japanese ads on reymisterio‘s flickr.

–Tip of the hat to the 3Yen’s
correspondent-at-large, Den4,
for this artsy-fartsy post.