← Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree* has nothing compared to the pure pathos of many the decorated “trees” I’ve seen here in Japan—such this half-assed approach to a holiday illumination shown below.
For more Christmas tree fun in Japan, refer to the previous 3Yen posts…
• Monster/kaiju Christmas cumguts (3Yen / 2008-12-05)
• Kaiju ‘Deck the Halls…’ (3Yen / 2010-12-08)
• Spinning Squid Christmas Tree (3Yen / 2008-12-06 — See right.)
Mo’ betta than Thanksgivukkah*…
…is a Japanese Shinto mashup with Xmas.
From a “theological” perspective, it’s perfectly alright for a neighborhood Shrine shrine to decked out in Christmas lights, but it does look odd, doesn’t it?
Nothing says Japanese “Kurisumasu” better than gathering around the toxic waste “Melty Go-Round” Christmas Tree from Fukushima that gently glows in the dark in traditional radioactive colors…
Kawaii “Melty Go-Round” Christmas Tree Debuts at Roppongi Hills —via @TokyoFashion’s twitter
On Lady Gaga’s “ARTPOP” tour in Tokyo, Sunday, December 1st, she poses for the press with her life-sized, silicone f*ck dolls to promote her promotion of promoting (or something).
Can robots upstage Lady Gaga in Tokyo?
The Japan Times | 2013/12/01
…Lady Gaga, in Japan to promote her new album “Artpop,” was presented Sunday with four life-size dolls resembling her, created using precise anatomical measures and realistic silicone skin…
…The special state-of-the-art dolls were created by Orient Industry in Tokyo, a company that specializes in synthetic “love dolls.”
Previous posts of endless Japanese silicone love include:
• Love dolls for doggies! (3Yen / 2009-10-17)
• Tokyo Disneyland bus full of freakazoids (3Yen / 2009-03-08)
• i-doloids! Love Dolls for Japan (3Yen / 2008-01-04)
• Japanese Pro-Wrestler love dolls (3Yen / 2006-03-03)
A mo’ betta bear than Radioactive Japanese Bears (3Yen / 2012-11-11) and much more fun than Sometimes you eat the bear … and sometimes the bear eats you. (3Yen / 2009-02-20) is …
…Japan’s Emperor of the Weird, director Iguchi Noboru is releasing Gothic Lolita Battle Bear (aka Nuiglumar Z in Japanese). Enjoy?
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Count the cultural mistakes in this calendar photo for a Japaneseque April:
— kimono in satin (not silk) with very unJapanese cleavage
— off color, plastic, cherry blossoms
— indoor cherry blossoms– sakura is an outdoor event
Uma Thurman’s Campari calendar wows fans
TorontoSun.com | 2013/11/22
The 15th annual Campari calendar is one of the world’s iconic…
…From the cherry blossom festival in Japan, the celebrations in the calendar span every continent. Thurman stars as the calendar heroine, wearing luxurious fashions from Versace, Chopard..more…
View the entire 2014 Campari calendar at campari.com
Ise Grand Shrine (Wiki) is Japan’s Shinto religion’s equivalent of Mecca, Jerusalem and St. Peter’s Basilica all rolled into one. However, the most revered shrine of Shinto is also quite practical as evidenced by this blessed vending machine located right in middle of the shrine.
Here’s the latest in Japanese avant-garde architecture made of 2,000 Japanese manga comic books.
麻真◡̈⃝ (@tourio2san)’s twitter — October 17, 2013
A close-up shows that these typically super-thick manga comic books are “Doraemon,” who is the cat shaped robot from the 22nd century, goes back in time in order to help Nobita, a lazy below-average lazy kid, to make his life less miserable and improve his descendents’ lives. It’s classic manga/anime that dates back to 1973 and is still a favorite of children. ↙
Poor Geminoid F—Now she’s forced to be a handicapped Japanese robo-actress! She’s plays the youngest sister in a twisto version of Chekhov’s play, “Three Sisters.” According to the Japanese production company, the Robot Theatre Project, the adaptation of Chekhov’s masterpiece, "relentlessly portrays the future of the Japanese society."
In a provincial city–used to be a robot production base for a consumer electronics company and has been hallowed out due to yen’s appreciation–only a small laboratory remains now. After the death of father, who was a researcher of advanced robots, his three daughters still live in the city.
Some of our many reports of the creepy creations of Osaka University professor Hiroshi Ishiguro include:
• Dream date for Robo-Valentine’s Day (3Yen / 2012-02-03)
• Geminoid sex change!
. . . . . (3Yen / 2011-03-07)
• Robo-3way with lesbian twins
. . . . . (3Yen / 2010-04-04) See right.
• Your Japanese robot
. . . . . clone awaits (3Yen / 7/21/2006)
• It it live or is it Repilee™?
(3Yen / 2006-04-24)
I used to go by this concrete capsule Tower of Doom on my way to work everyday.
This Pod ‘Hotel’ of 1972 Offers a Glimpse at the Future That Never Was
ArchDaily — architecture classics — Nakagin Capsule Tower
Architect Kisho Kurokawa was very innovative in his creation of the Nakagin Capsule Tower in 1972, which was the first capsule architecture design. The module was created with the intention of housing traveling businessmen that worked in central Tokyo during the week. It is a prototype for architecture of sustainability and recycleability, as each module can be plugged in to the central core and replaced or exchanged when necessary.
Built in the Ginza area of Tokyo, a total of 140 capsules are stacked and rotated at varying angles around a central core, standing 14-stories high. The technology developed by Kurokawa allowed each unit to be installed to the concrete core with only 4 high-tension bolts, which keeps the units replaceable. Each capsule measures 4 x 2.5 meters…more…
The tacky Tower of Doom is often heralded by foreigners as a “brilliant” example of space-saving modern architecture—a classic worthy of being, short-listed for the World Heritage by the Inter-national Committee of Docomomo International since 1996*.
From time to time, I visit a design office located in the pod tower and there are several caveats seldom mentioned about the building.
• 1) The concrete pod shells do not have insulation or vapor barriers. It’s just raw concrete covered inside with plastic-y panels.
• 2) That space-age “porthole’ window is a single pane that is screenless, un-tinted, and faces into torrid Tokyo sun from 10am to sunset. The only cross ventilation comes from leaving the unit’s front door open to the poorly-vented hallway.
• 3) Besides baking insanely hot sun, the windows face directly onto the “Shuto”–Tokyo’s main expressway is located front of the tower and noisy trains are a stone’s away also.
• 4) The Tower smells funky because the water and sewer pipes are cracked and not maintained. Without insulation and vapor barriers, many units have toxic black mold problems as well as issues with degrading fireproofing made of asbestos. Basically, it was a great idea but bad housing.
In case you were wondering, the current price for one crappy unit is 480,000,000 yen ($492,450 USD), but the condo association of the building has been considering demolition for almost 10 years. Oddly, my father briefly considered purchasing a unit when it was new in 1972 for about $30,000 USD, but he backed out of the deal because the building’s construction was so slap-dash and poorly executed.
Learn more at:
• ARCHITECTURAL RECORD
• New York Times