Ocean Day

Today is Marine Day (海の日 Umi no Hi) national holiday to give thanks for the ocean’s bounty and to consider the importance of the ocean to Japan.

Fun at the seaside once meant bathing in sun-heated rockpools, not swimming in the sea.
https://t.co/6lsUw5dfEi pic.twitter.com/P1pz0rZGca — Mulboyne (@Mulboyne) March 23, 2016


Japanese “explanation” — google translate
Seawater have components similar to the human body fluid, incorporating the components of seawater, of course for the health,
It is said that good for beauty. Modern, but it has been taken over only cosmetic surface of the thalassotherapy,
The smell of there is action to adjust the autonomic nervous just bathed in the waves and splash lapping at the seaside “negative ions” is rich tide have been included, such as iodine compounds, to stimulate the thyroid gland,
Given the tension and moisture to the skin, and promotes blood circulation. All is also possible to use these effects’s the thalassotherapy.
Seawater is that there are more potent than normal hot springs in recent years elucidated j beneath,
People of ancient has been using intuitively noticed this efficacy.
The word beach is old but has been used from the modern There are also described in the Kojiki,
Ancient mythology, when the Izanagi Mikoto was back from Hades, in order to pay the dirt,
It is said to be that of “purification ceremony” as seen in the legend that cleanse the body in the sea water of檍原(Ahakihara) of Tsukushi.
Detailed record of sea bathing of origin of Hiraiso is also such as the two-time conflagration does not currently is left,
According to the 35-year Meiji issue that you wrote down the word of mouth “Hiraiso beaches magazine / remarkable forest Sima Yoshihiko”
Here of sea bathing was started by tobacco cultivation of skill in the art.


Our previous reports of Ocean-cum-Marine Day/Umi no Hi include:



Pink poisonous ‘sushi’

A moment of silence please…
     …the inventor of poisonous spam musubi (sushi) has passed away.

Spam musubi lives on
Barbara Funamura, a woman of many talents, passes away at 78

The Garden Island | 2016-May-25
When Barbara Funamura created the first Spam musubi, she had no idea how popular it would become.
“There are Spam musubi everywhere,” said Dan Funamura, Barbara’s husband…She was described as a nutritionist (sic), entrepreneur, and the originator of the Spam musibi.


Possibly the worse food of the 20th Century, Spam sushi aka “Spam musubi” (Wiki) has poisoned Hawaiians for decades. Just look at it. Puke.spam-sushi

Our previous reports of dubious sushi include:



Tokyo’s biggest‑&‑wildest…

Today is Tokyo’s biggest-&-wildest festival, the Sanja Matsuri.

Asakusayakuza-babereporter_bigger— Tokyo Reporter (@tokyoreporter) May 14, 2016 pic.twitter.com/IYU50IPbKE


The Sanja Matsuri (三社祭, literally “Three Shrine Festival”) had heavily tattooed yakuza gangsters out in full force carrying the portable shrines through the endless crowds. Held in the Asakusa temple district, an area 1000 meters by 200 meters, the crowd this year numbers between 1.5 to 2 million people—crushed.

You can see more photos of the masuri/festival parade in the Comments section…



Today is Boys’ Day

Another Boys Day, in another time,…

…at Tokyo Tower.

May 5th officially “Children’s Day,” a national holiday, which has been explained here in many different ways:



‘Eccentric’ festival of Kyoto: Luring the God of Pestilence

Thought to have begun in 1154, the festival lures the god of pestilence (疫神—Ekijin) back to his shrine with huge red parasols topped with five spring branches. It was believed the god became distracted by the sakura/cherry blossoms, and without his vigilance pestilence could run wild in the city.

Green Shinto website
Yasurai Festival (Imamiya Jinja)
directs the pestilence god known as gechinsai…and festival parades… converge at the shrine to perform rituals for the kami/gods.  The main feature is the dance of the demons.
More info…


Never too much luck or money

You can never have too much luck or money … or lucky cats.


manekinekoThe Maneki Neko (literally in Japanese the “Beckoning Cat”; aka Lucky Cat, Money Cat) is a favorite Japanese figurine to bring luck, attract customers and bring prosperity. The Lucky Cat waves with its raised left paw and holds an old-style gold coin in its right paw. More info: wikipedia.org/wiki/Maneki-neko
A few of our many Maneki Neko reports include:



inflatable cat raincoat

Q: So, Tokyo still winterish and there has been a cold drizzle for past week and half…What do you wear?

A: An inflatable cat raincoat of course.


Michiko Koshino inflatable cat jacket & Yohji Yamamoto x Dr Martens boots in Harajuku #原宿 tokyofashion.com/michiko-london-koshino — Tokyo Fashion (@TokyoFashion) 2016-Mar-13

See an additional cat-lady closeup in the Comments section…


A few our many(‽) previous inflatable and raincoat reports include:



Shock! Japan to ban its National Tree

crow in flight Japanese National Tree concrete utility pole
Shocking news: Japan plans to eliminate its National Tree—the sacred Concrete Utility Pole, which has been a scenic part of the Japanese landscape aesthetic for past 100 years.


National, local governments advance project to bury unsightly power lines
Mainichi News | February 14, 2016
The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is considering a bill to promote the relocation of power lines underground, a project backed by local governments, businesses and the prime minister to improve Japan’s scenery
the LDP would require power companies and other businesses to refrain from laying new overhead power lines and installing power poles, and move forward with the removal of existing ones.



Previous reports of Japan’s charmingly favorite “tree” include: