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

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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.
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Jeeze…’Jizo’

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To celebrate Jizo Bon, on August 22 & 23rd, people make a pilgrimage to Ono-no-Takamura's six Jizo that are arranged in a vast circle around the city of Kyoto.
The ‘Rokujizo Meguri’ (六地蔵巡り) nowadays begins with Fushimi-jizo, moving counter-clockwise to Toba-jizo, Katsura-jizo, Tokiwa-jizo, Kuramaguchi-jizo, and Yamashina-jizo.

More significantly, nowadays these Jizo are the guardian deity of aborted fetuses.


Since Jizo are the guardian deity of aborted fetuses, a nice stroll among thousands of Jizo at a temple is not a great idea for a first date with a young Japanese lady who you may want to bed later in the evening.

Eel bread for the Dog Days

Last week was Eel Eating Day, Doyo-no-ushinohi, when folks here celebrate with the custom of eating grilled eel to gain stamina to beat the horrid heat of Japan. Only problem is the Japanese have eaten most of their endangered eels and now have resorted to substitutes…
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Eel bread of Dog Days … Anything goes …
(as seen at the Nikke Colton Plaza in Chiba Prefecture)

Eating eel on Ox Day (ushi-no-hi) was on July 24 and again on August 2-ish thanks the vagaries of the old and new Japanese calendar.
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Previous reports of Japanese Dog Days of grilled Eels on the 3Yen include:

 


Happy Marine Day in Japan!

Today is Marine Day aka Umi no Hi — a public holiday celebrated on the third Monday in July in Japan. As an island nation famous for eating the ocean’s bounty, the purpose of the holiday is to consider the importance of the ocean to Japan. Many people take advantage of the holiday and summer weather to take a beach trip and have fun ocean related festivitieswikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_Day

Previous reports of Marine Day/Umi no Hi on the 3Yen include:

 


Let’s toilet! The ‘Toilennale’ art festival

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Toilet art festival in southern Japanese island of Kyushu starts July 17. Under the festival’s theme of “Open,” the “Oita Toilennale” will provide performances and art works in the toilets of the central district of Oita city.
Details at: toilennale.jp (Google Translate)
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Previous toilet-themed reports on the 3Yen include:

 


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Things have gone full circle.
The imagery of Star Wars was appropriated from Japan, and now Japanese ukiyo-e images have become: Official Star Wars ukiyo‑e
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See the prints at the official Star Wars ukiyo-e website (in Japanese): makuake.com/project/starwars-ukiyoe

Previous reports of modern ukiyo-e on the 3Yen include:

 


First robo-wedding in Japan, of course

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left_long quotebar 24x260pxThe bride wore white and the groom wore out his batteries: First robot wedding in Japan takes place and even ends with a kiss
  • Frois and Yukirin wore traditional outfits for the event in Tokyo on Saturday
  • Ceremony was organised by Maywa Denki*, who designed the groom Frois
Daily Mail Online | 28 June 2015
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*The “Parallel-world electricians,” Maywa Denki, is Japan’s best “art unit” and they have been a favorite of the 3Yen.com for many years:

 


Otamatone Touch-Sensitive Electronic Musical Instrument by Maywa Denki (amazon.com)
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Kyushu’s choo-choo cheer

The Sankei News (Google Translate) is reporting that Japan Railways (JR) Kyushu cheerleaders, the “Sakura/Swallow Corps” (mascot below), at the YOSAKOI Soran Festival in Sapporo this week. Sakuratsubame-Corps-character_200xThe Sakuratsubame (Sakura/Swallow) Corps is composed of JR Kyushu shinkansen (Bullet Train) station attendants, conductors, motormen, and train staff. The Corps won a “U-40″ grand prize at the the festival for their “choo-choo cheer” (you can hear the stream locomoive in the music of their performance).

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