Eel bread for the Dog Days

Last week was Eel Eating Day, Doyo-no-ushinohi, when folks here celebrate with the custom of eating grilled eel to gain stamina to beat the horrid heat of Japan. Only problem is the Japanese have eaten most of their endangered eels and now have resorted to substitutes…
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Eel bread of Dog Days … Anything goes …
(as seen at the Nikke Colton Plaza in Chiba Prefecture)

Eating eel on Ox Day (ushi-no-hi) was on July 24 and again on August 2-ish thanks the vagaries of the old and new Japanese calendar.
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Previous reports of Japanese Dog Days of grilled Eels on the 3Yen include:

 


Happy Marine Day in Japan!

Today is Marine Day aka Umi no Hi — a public holiday celebrated on the third Monday in July in Japan. As an island nation famous for eating the ocean’s bounty, the purpose of the holiday is to consider the importance of the ocean to Japan. Many people take advantage of the holiday and summer weather to take a beach trip and have fun ocean related festivitieswikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_Day

Previous reports of Marine Day/Umi no Hi on the 3Yen include:

 


Let’s toilet! The ‘Toilennale’ art festival

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Toilet art festival in southern Japanese island of Kyushu starts July 17. Under the festival’s theme of “Open,” the “Oita Toilennale” will provide performances and art works in the toilets of the central district of Oita city.
Details at: toilennale.jp (Google Translate)
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Previous toilet-themed reports on the 3Yen include:

 


A copy copied

Things have gone full circle.
The imagery of Star Wars was appropriated from Japan, and now Japanese ukiyo-e images have become: Official Star Wars ukiyo‑e
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See the prints at the official Star Wars ukiyo-e website (in Japanese): makuake.com/project/starwars-ukiyoe

Previous reports of modern ukiyo-e on the 3Yen include:

 


First robo-wedding in Japan, of course

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left_long quotebar 24x260pxThe bride wore white and the groom wore out his batteries: First robot wedding in Japan takes place and even ends with a kiss
  • Frois and Yukirin wore traditional outfits for the event in Tokyo on Saturday
  • Ceremony was organised by Maywa Denki*, who designed the groom Frois
Daily Mail Online | 28 June 2015
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*The “Parallel-world electricians,” Maywa Denki, is Japan’s best “art unit” and they have been a favorite of the 3Yen.com for many years:

 


Otamatone Touch-Sensitive Electronic Musical Instrument by Maywa Denki (amazon.com)
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Kyushu’s choo-choo cheer

The Sankei News (Google Translate) is reporting that Japan Railways (JR) Kyushu cheerleaders, the “Sakura/Swallow Corps” (mascot below), at the YOSAKOI Soran Festival in Sapporo this week. Sakuratsubame-Corps-character_200xThe Sakuratsubame (Sakura/Swallow) Corps is composed of JR Kyushu shinkansen (Bullet Train) station attendants, conductors, motormen, and train staff. The Corps won a “U-40″ grand prize at the the festival for their “choo-choo cheer” (you can hear the stream locomoive in the music of their performance).

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The next Godzilla movie

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The 3Yen’s correspondent-at-large, “Den4,” reports of the Next Goji-chan movie…

Fighting the Gigantic Girls
http://piece.tokyo/


The story in Japanese at huffingtonpost.jp/2015/06/14/tokyo-gigantic-girls…


“Prior Art” can be found at the the 3Yen’s previous reports:

 


Section chief Haniwa’s horrors of bureaucracy

left_quoter_14x24 Section chief Haniwa (ハニワ課長), PR character for Sakai City.right_quoter_13x24
Section-chief-HaniwaMulboynepic.twitter.com/bC8GEov8Ov— Mulboyne (@Mulboyne) June 11, 2015


Japan’s mysterious haniwa are terracotta clay figures were made for ritual use and buried with the dead as funerary objects during Japan’s Kofun period, the 3rd to 6th centuries AD (Wiki).
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The haniwa now serve as mascot of the horrors of bureaucracy in Sakai City of Osaka Prefecture, Japan. According to the city’s public relations department, Haniwa section chief, who is about 1600 years old and unmarried, has only posted once last year on the city’s website because he has been too stressed at his bureaucratic responsibilities.(shikoku-np.co.jp news, Google Translate).

Previous reports of mysterious haniwa on the 3Yen include:

 


Let’s ”Teru Teru Bozu”!

left_long quotebar 24x260px newsonjapan.com (2015June09)The Japan Meteorological Agency announced Monday that the rainy season has started in the Tokai and Kanto-Koshin regions of Japan…The rainy season is expected to last until early July.

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They are ‘Teru teru bozu’—a rain-rain-go-away-come-again-another-day effigy and Japan’s creepiest character. Japanese children make these talismans that are supposed to have magical powers to bring good weather and to prevent a rainy day (Wiki).