Japan’s Ministry of Silly Walks* offers for your pleasure…
Yesterday was the grand Oiran/Hooker Parade of Tokyo’s Asakusa temple–cum–pleasure district.
The cosplaying ladies shown below are pretending to be Oiran(Wiki), or high-class courtesans/hookers, and they reenact the grand Oiran Dochu, the parade around the pleasure quarters of Tokyo’s Yoshiwara district (Wiki).
—Eijiro Miyama was born in Mie Prefecture, Japan. A loner, he never married and has always led a wandering sort of existence. He has had various jobs, notably as a day labourer in the construction industry and as a lorry driver. When he was around fifty-five, he settled in one of the boarding houses for impoverished working men in Yokohama’s Kotobuki district…
…One day, about ten years ago, Eijiro Miyama walked around with a cup of instant noodles on his head. People turned to stare as he went by. This act, provocative and liberating, gave him a huge feeling of exaltation. He gradually created eccentric headgear that he adorned with toys and sundry objects found discarded at flea markets…continues…
It all started with Patrick Macias’ Twitter/Instagram link to a Japanese pussy food photo, which was a…
Good morning, Shibuya. What have you for me? —Photo by counterespy
…Harmless enough picture. However, I felt it was marred by a red, engrishy “But still do it” sticker stuck right in the middle of the otherwise-amusing graffiti. Before erasing But still do it with Photoshop, I decided to check if the sticker had any meaning other than having a fun-time of public defacement.
Yikes. But still do it/ Demo, yarun da yo!/(でも、やるんだよ!) turns out to be the tagline of a serious sicko, the Japanese manga artist Takashi Nemoto (根本 敬氏), the so-called Robert Crumb of Japan’s Heta-Uma (good but bad) comics. That is, he’s “Japan’s Robert Crumb” if Crumb was more into incest, child molestation, cannibalism, bestiality rape, and giant pulsating radioactive penises shaped like sweet potatoes.
But still do it
To enjoy more of Nemoto, refer to:
•Baked sweet potato for Dad at lambiek.net
•Takashi Nemoto’s official engrish website
In these final days of cold weather, the street venders are still prowling streets selling yakimo, hot roasted sweet potatoes, from their odd smoking mini-trucks that look like they are on fire (left).
“3-D printer service creates figurines from kid’s drawings” Excite Bit (in Japanese)
…this service creates 3D figurines of kids’ drawings that they call “Rakukuri (3D Graffiti Creatures)” …3D Remind, Ltd. of Osaka’s 3D printer business takes regular 2D drawings, doodles, scribbles, etc. sent to them and generates 3D data for printing using their proprietary “Rakukuri” software as shown below.