It’s that time of the year again…
…For the Hadaka Matsuri aka Naked Festival (3Yen 2012-02-20) at Saidaiji Temple in Okayama, where you can tussle with 10,000 nearly naked drunk men in fundoshi/loincloths to touch the delegated naked holy man(correction) who almost always needs to be hospitalized after the crush.
Japan’s All-seeing Eye of the Illuminati has made its triumphant return to Tokyo after being winked out by the Fukushima Nuclear Power Pant Meltdown of 2011*.
The Eye of Shinjuku is back up again. Anyone with a paranoia complex might want to steer clear.
The art installation, dating back to 1970, was turned off as a power conservation measure following the Great Quake of 2011†. It was back on last week.
— Mulboyne (@Mulboyne) February 18, 2015
Previous 3Yen reports Japan’s All-seeing Eye of the Illuminati include:
• Japanese love eyeballs (3Yen / 2013-07-24)
• Blue-eyes invade the streets of Tokyo (3Yen / 2008-05-06)
• Eyeballs я Us (3Yen / 2006-07-13)
Without all the fcuking trash and clutter, here’s what Tokyo would look like cleaned up…
Without Ads Or Billboards, Here’s What The Streets Of Tokyo Would Look Like
The Huffington Post 02/13/2015
…French graphic designer Nicolas Damiens reveals just how critical ads are to the character of a metropolis by showing how surreal the space would look without them. In his series aptly titled “Tokyo Without Ads,” Damiens strips the buzzing Tokyo streets of any and all ads. The result is nearly unrecognizable…more photos…
Previous 3Yen reports about how Tokyo looks like “Blade Runner” on a bad hair day:
• Japanese Junkspace (3Yen / 2008-06-29)
• Ill-Machine Tokyo (3Yen / 2008-01-22)
• The ‘Blade Runner’ Bubble is back! (3Yen / 2006-03-18)
Some of my Valentine’s chocolate has arrived early.
今週はバレンタインです 明日と当日はワタシもお店におりまする＾＾チョコレートプレゼント企画などもありつつ、気になるあの人へのプレゼントなら表参道FYPでね♥ –OMI / 化郎 (@OMI_KERO) 2014feb11
The basic idea is that Valentine’s Day here, Japanese girls give chocolates (and love) to guys and the guys don’t have to do much of anything*.
Anyway, here’s a Youbube of some goofy Japanese Chocolates and pink pompom Valentines.↓
You can enjoy further details about the fun of Japanese Valentine’s in my reports:
—Chocolate cock! (3Yen / 2008-01-23)
—Japanese women dump on Valentine’s chocolates (3Yen / 2006-02-14)
—Are you gettin’ any? (Japanese “Choco”) (3Yen / 2006-02-14/)
—The perfect Japanese Valentine gift: the keys to her nether regions (3Yen / 2005-02-05)
—Screwing Valentine’s Day (3Yen / 2005-02-05) ↓
Today is Y.A.M.H. (Yet Another Mysterious Holiday) in Japan—Foundation Day, aka Kenkoku Kinen no Hi, née Empire Day*.
Since the Japanese year of Kouki 2600, Kigensetsu (February 11) is a special day of Japan revelry—“Kawaraban” (Nanao, Ishikawa Prefecture)
*Foundation Day was previously known as Kigen-setsu (Empire Day†) commemorates the day on which—according to the Nihon Shoki—Emperor Jimmu is said to have acceded the throne in 660 BCE.
The national holiday was declared by the supporters of Meiji Emperor (1852 – 1912) to make him the one, true ruler of Japan.in the pre-WWII years who wanted to focusing national attention on the emperor and linking his rule with the mythical first emperor, Jimmu, and thus Japan’s goddess Amaterasu.
Given its reliance on Shintoism and its reinforcement of the Japanese nobility, Kigensetsu was abolished following World War II. Ironically, February 11 was also the day when General MacArthur approved the draft version of the model Constitution in 1946.
The commemorative holiday was re-established as National Foundation Day in 1966. Though stripped of most of its overt references to the Emperor, National Foundation Day was still a day for expressing patriotism and love of the nation in the 1950s. The holiday is still relatively controversial however…more…
Today is February 3—the Japanese occasion of “Setsubun” (3Yen / 2010-02-03). One of our faithful readers, Coligny, sent us this Setsubun observation from his home deep in the middle of nowhere Japan:
There was a dead fish head on a
stick hanging from my mailbox today.
… Some families put up small decorations of sardine heads and holly leaves (柊鰯 hiragi iwashi) on their house entrances so that bad spirits will not enter.
—Sardine head talisman on house entrance to keep bad spirits away
Setsubun is also famous for Mamemaki—Bean Throwing Rite—where kids run around the house throwing roasted soybeans (Youtube) to drive out evil and yelling: “Demons out! Luck in!” (Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!).
So, while the US is asking groundhogs for advice, Japan is chucking soybeans at people wearing devil masks. Ain’t Spring Rituals fun?
Over the years, news3Yen.com has reported on Setsubun including :
– Full of Beans! (3Yen / 2010-02-03)
– ‘Oni wa soto!’ Devils out! (3Yen /005-02-03)
The Japanese attach a special significance to the first of everything you do in the new year. One of the traditional firsts celebrebrated for students is kakizome / first writing (Wiki), as evidenced by the photo below…
Previous reports of New Years’ kakizome writing on the 3Yen include: