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.

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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.

 



 


Artsy-fartsy Tokyo street ‘installation’

This looks like an artsy-fartsy “installation” of béton brut art of a Brutalist bent. (⊙_◎)


 

For exemplification, here are art projects compared to Tokyo street “installations”…
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Our other coverage of concrete “art” of Japan includes:

 



 


Mickey Mouse ‘mochi’

Separated at birth?
(Ritual Japanese food vs Safety helmet)

 

mochi_vs_safety-helmet-whitepic.twitter.com/6PtuE5zjqn— ぐるなび (@GnaviOfficial) Nov. 18, 2016


Rest-of-the-story…

The above Mickey Mouse rice cakes (鏡餅 — Wikipedia) are a traditional Japanese New Year decoration consisting of two rounded mochi (pounded rice), the smaller placed atop the larger (see right). kagamimochi-realKagami mochi is usually placed in a household Shinto altar, or kamidana in the tokonoma, a small decorated alcove in the main room of the home.
Contempory ones like the Mickey Mouse rice cakes are often pre-moulded into the shape of stacked discs, made in plastic packages for the mass market, and sold as a holiday decoration much like a crappy plastic Christmas wreath.
 
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Our previous reports of mochi rice include:



 

Gettin’ under the hidden kimono of Japan

 
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The Propaganda Kimonos Japan Kept Hidden From Outsiders
These beautiful garments celebrate military power.
Atlas Obscura | Nov. 16, 2016
Japanese propaganda kimonos, a form of Japanese popular art that flourished from 1900 to 1945 and has only been rediscovered in the past decade. Known as omoshirogara—literally, “interesting” or “amusing” designs—they include kimonos and other traditional Japanese apparelAfter much hesitation, Japan is beginning to show an interest in these kimono designsmore.
gen-matsui-iwane-nanking          Caption: General Matsui Iwane triumphantly entering Nanking (of Massacre fame).

 
Our previous reports of gettin’ under the kimono include: