This morning is the winter’s first sloppy, wet. mostly-melted snow in Tokyo…
…And thanks to global warming perhaps this will be the only snow (for the past 10 years Tokyo has been getting less and less snow)
Snowman during the Edo period Ukiyo-e.
Snow cat and geisha…
Japan’s Coming-of-Age Day is set up to congratulate those who have reached the age of maturity (20) during the year. Cities and towns throughout the nation hold ceremonies for these young people but sometimes the kids get a kittle immature.
Irked by loud attire, Kitakyushu urges young adults to dress right on Coming-of-Age Day
The Japan Times | Jan. 8, 2016
…In recent years, Kitakyushu’s Coming-of-Age Day ceremonies have been marked by young men wearing vividly colored hakama, a trouser component of the kimono, making them look like hooligans to some…
…The new women meanwhile are starting to wear a looser-fitting style of kimono that exposes the shoulders in a way used by oiran, the high-class prostitutes of the Edo Period.
Previous reports of Coming-of-Age Day on the 3Yen include:
Like Krampus on acid, Japan’s ‘Namahage’—New Years Ogres armed with fake wooden deba knives go door-to-door admonishing children who may be guilty of laziness or bad behavior.
Namahage yell phrases like “Are there any crybabies around?” (泣く子はいねがぁ Nakuko wa inee gā?) or “Are naughty kids around?” (悪い子はいねえか Waruiko wa inee ka?) —Wikipedia.org/wiki/Namahage
A child cries while being lifted by a man disguised as “Namahage” wearing a demon-like mask and a costume made of straw, in Oga, northeastern Japan…
Kyodo News | 2015/12/31 : “Namahage” end-of-year rituals
Previous reports of Namahage on the 3Yen include:
It soon will be the new Year of the Monkey in the Orient.
And as you can see in the photo, pedestrians are crowding the shopping street in front of Sensoji Temple in Tokyo getting ready for Japan’s most important holiday.
Today is the Winter Solstice—called “ Touji“—the 22nd of December*, which is the shortest day and the longest night of the year.
And, what do you do on the winter solstice in Japan?
Obviously, get naked and bathe in yuzu-oranges with Japan’s most annoying video-blogger…
Learn all the <yawn> cultural </yawn> details on Touji/冬至 at: iromegane.com/…22nd-of-december-is-touji-in-japan
Japanese Prime Minister Abe joins an Indian cult that burns Christmas Trees!
Ok, ok, no Christmas Trees were harmed. It’s just Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s state visit to the Hindu ceremony, the Ganga Aarti (Wiki), where he was the guest of Indian PM Narendra Modi. The real purpose of PM Abe’s visit is that India is inking a deal to buy a Japanese Shinkansen/Bullet train system.
—India Today | 2015-12-13: Shinzo Abe, Modi attend Ganga aarti at Dashashwasmedh ghat in Varanasi
Update: View video of the ceremony in the Comments section.
You can imagine my surprise when this United State Defense Dept. report popped in my Google News today—Marines parading as Bears in samurai armor in Iwakuni Japan.
Previous reports on the 3Yen of Bears/Armor/Samurai include:
Pictured below is a seemingly endless flow of video just showing Japanese schoolgirl uniforms burning for two hours. This AVp0яn film features an invisible “fire girl” actress.
女優など一切出ず、2時間にわたって女子高生の制服がただ燃えるだけの映像が延々と流れ続ける逸品 — ペリー‐V‐減煙中‐3（10本/day） (@perry_trpg) November 17, 2015
Other Japanese AV/art films featured on the 3Yen include:
Here’s proof of the evils of racist cultural appropriation*…’Bearded Hipsters† in Silky Kimonos.’
‘Bearded Men in Silky Kimonos’ is a Pin-Up Calendar For Lovers of Hirsute Men
Broadly | Nov. 16, 2015
Kate Cooper-Owen came up with the idea when staying at a friend’s house. Her friend’s boyfriend sidled into the kitchen in the morning in a silken robe: “It had this beautiful cherry blossom pattern on it,” she remembers. “It wasn’t a kimono in the strictest sense, but it was such a amazing look. I pretty much said on the spot, ‘This should be a calendar.'” Just over a year later, the 2016 calendar is now in the pre-order phase, shot by fashion photographer Woland...more...
*Earlier this year, there were noisy protests of kimono wearing events as “cultural appropriation”:
Boston museum cancels ‘Kimono Wednesdays’ after racism protests (AP news | July 7, 2015 )
†Full disclosure: I have a very full goatee.
Kimono-cultural appropriation problems have also been covered by the 3Yen including:
Shown below is the Japan’s government-sponsored pollution of the “Cool Japan” program last weekend that is trying to best China in all things…even stinky air.
Review: Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
— The Japan Times: A&E (@japantimes_arts) November 11, 2015
The photo above shows singer Toshiko Koshijima of the “Moshi Cool” section the Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival (which is part of the Cool Japan initiative).
Previous 3yen reports of the government’s “Cool Japan” propaganda initiative include:
• Cool Japan Expo in Paris is full of K-pop! (3Yen / 2014-07-24)
• Is Japan Cool? Toilets! (3Yen / 2012-03-07)
• ‘Gross National Cool’–Japan’s foreign policy
(3Yen / 2004-12-14)