Green as a Halloween pumpkin (in Japan)

Japanese pumpkins are green and goofy…

 green-pumpkin –Japanese pumpkin

Calling someone in Japanese a “kabucha” is an old-fashioned slang word for someone ‘stupid’ or ‘empty headed’ (similar to having a head that’s like the hollow inside of a pumpkin).
The above photo of the green pumpkin-head girls in kimono is most likely a playbill for a manzai/comedy team.


Is Pink Soy Sauce really Japan’s best?

The Pink Soy Sauce using red beets* from Tottori Prefecture took first place in the “So there! Awards 2015.” That competition of local specialities was run by CLUB 47 representing the newspapers of Japan’s 47 prefectures.
The prefecture’s precious pink puke sauce was judged the best because of its, bright pink features qualities that are concealed in regular soy sauceSankei News (2015-Sept-17).pink-vs-black

Previous saucy reports on the 3Yen include:


Trolling for sushi in Osaka

In the middle of yesterday’s torrential downpour, they troll for sushi in the canal that runs through Osaka’s famous Dotonbori entertainment district (Wiki).

doronbori-canal-sushi Pendant ce temps-là au Japon… Sur le canal Dōtonbori à Osaka — Actualité Japon (@Nipponconnexion) September 10, 2015

UPDATE: This photo seems to have been “liberated” from yesterday’s full report by Brian Ashcraft on Giant sushi floats through Osaka

Previous reports on the 3Yen of Osaka’s Dotonbori include:


Japan’s Air Force upgrades to the latest radar-invisible tech

Japan Air Self Defense Force gets the latest in stealth technology—radar-invisible, kinky* kokeshi aircraft…


Kokeshi (こけし) are handmade wooden dolls originally from northern Japan, which in popular parlance are synonymous harikata (張形), or dildos. Wikipedia: kokeshi_doll_200x

Actually, these kokeshi aircraft are part of this month’s Take a Sky Journey! campaign of Miyagi Prefecture in the north of Japan:


Previous 3Yen reports of kokeshi and also the “innovative” technology of Japan’s Air Self Defense Forces include:


The Call of CTHULHU in Kyoto!

All hail the Call of Cthulhu in Kyoto!
(A Japanese incarnation of Great Old One, Cthulhu (Wiki), at Kyoto’s Shimabara Sumiyoshi-jinja)

According to Kyoto Daily Photo:
left_long quotebar 24x260pxthe phrase the ‘earthworms sing’ refers to any unknown singing insect. This battered Komainu (Lion-Dog) was caught up in the highly political separation of Shinto from Buddhism in 1868 (Wiki), when the shrine was all but abolished. The Komainu endured long enough to see the gods returned in 2001.


Also refer to the previous 3Yen post:
The Call of CTHULHU in Tokyo! (3Yen 2007-01-06)
Call of Cthulhu in Tokyo..


Robot samba parade…in Tokyo of course

Shinjuku district’s famed “Robot Restaurant” (3Yen 2015-02-05), (3Yen 2012-07-28) had a huge presence at the Tokyo’s 35th annual “Asakusa Samba Carnival,” which of course is held on the last weekend of August—perfect time for “carnival” in Japanese thinking.

Also view video the samba parade taken from several other vantage points in our Comments section.