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11/26/2014

Butt-ugly Buddha bust

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Four South Koreans held over theft of Tsushima Buddhist statue
The Japan Times | Nov. 25, 2014
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Ok, ok, what’s the-rest-of-the-story?
Was this butt-ugly statuette really a “gift” from Silla Korean kingdom?
Or, was the statuette of Buddha “presented” to Nagasaki Prefecture’s Bairinji temple in the 9th century as forced tribute?
The previous times Koreans stole Buddha statues from Japanese temples the statues were tribute or war prizes that were being repatriated—Stealing back stolen stuff.


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11/16/2014

How does this work?

Just looking at this photo of the Shiba Ryotaro Library in Osaka makes me wonder how does this library work?
How could someone even get a book from the middle–let alone the top–of the stack?

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Tadao Ando Architects & Associates designed the Shiba Ryotaro Library, which is part of memorial museum for the historical novelist, Shiba Ryotaro (Wiki).
Read a full description and see more photos of this seemingly impossible library at: architectuul.com/architecture/shiba-ryotaro-memorial-museum

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11/8/2014

‘Gunkanjima’—drone video of Japan’s ‘Battleship Island’ in ultra-HD

Whoa! Japan’s “Battleship Island”–’Gunkanjima’ (軍艦島) shot by a drone in 4K ultra HD video.

Previous reports of creepy Gunkanjima—Battleship Island’ on the 3Yen include:

Learn more details at the video’s official website:
   • facebook.com/battleshipisland
and at:
   • wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashima_Island


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10/30/2014

Japan’s Halloween

Happy ‘Obon’ AKA Halloween?

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Body of a Courtesan in nine stages of Decomposition; by Kobayashi Eitaku, c. 1870.

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See many more Japanese Halloween photos in the Comments section…


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10/13/2014

Kittypatra? Egypto-Japanese Hello Kitty

“Kittypatra” is some sort of Egypto-Japanese Kitty Deity…

In Los Angles, the Japanese American National Museum is holding the exhibitionHello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty featuring the above “Kittypatra” as well as hundreds of more, said-open mixed media works by artists demonstrating Hello Kitty’s dominance over today’s contemporary art scene,said-closed ri-i-i-ight.

Learn more about the exhibit at the websites of Sanrio and the Japanese American National Museum.
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10/12/2014

Japanese Rain-Goggles ready for Vongfong!

Get your Japanese Rain-Goggles (3Yen/ 2010-11-24)ready for Super Typhoon Vongfong — Japan’s biggest storm this year!

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周りを見ても まだまだ モノマネで天下を取ろうとしている この現状 疲れるよね まぁ 逆に言うと 今までしてきた事が自信から確信に変わったかな 突き進もうと pic.twitter.com/1TEVEjnd18 — Kurage Kid'O (@KurageKidO) October 12, 2014

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bbc.com/news/world-asia

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10/2/2014

If you meet the Buddha in the road…

Another Lost in Translation moment of zen in Harajuku, Tokyo:

You Buff, We Paint street art.

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If you meet the Buddha in the road, kill him.
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10/1/2014

Sushi! Eat me!

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From Food Photography: Jonathan Icher’s ‘Fat Flag’ Series
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Sushi!

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9/17/2014

Let’s Knock ‘n’ Roll!

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As far as I’m concerned, the parallel-world electricians, Maywa Denki , is the only Japanese “music group” worth seeing in concert. And now they have released their conceptual art making toy “Knocky”…
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..mr-knocky ..
Available through global.rakuten.com

Also check out an interview with the artists: The Nonsense Machines of Maywa Denki.


left-boltQUOTEI SING the Body electricright-boltQUOTE
–Walt Whitman

Previous 3Yen reports of the antics of Maywa Denki include:

I sing the body electric (3Yen / 2007-08-03)
My heroes “Maywa Denki” in Paris (3Yen / 2005-07-18)
Maywa Denki, the true spirit of Japan (3Yen / 2004-12-05)


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8/24/2014

Parade of painted dildos — in Japan of course

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This parade of painted dildos1/Kokeshi2 dolls is the stuff of dreams…bad dreams.

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This years parade in Osaki City, Miyagi Prefecture (www.city.osaki.miyagi.jp..) in the north of Japan was its 60th anniversary. A hinky time was had by one and all.

For more information about these dolls, refer to:

1 urbandictionary.com/define…kokeshi doll and the connection to this phallic-shaped doll with a bulbous penis head and no limbs.
2 wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokeshi


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