Happy Valentine

Happy heart—Happy Valentine–Happy Japan


Previous reports of Japanese Valentines on the 3Yen include:

Sumo funtime!

This is Shokkiri (初切) fun at the Grand Sumo Tournament of February 4. The “tournament” does not count for the official rankings of the wrestlers so the tone of the entire event is more lighthearted.

Japan’s first mascot?

Here’s maybe the “first” loose character (ゆるキャラ) mascot of Japan, Yukidaruma-chan OG (雪ダルマちゃんOG).
The snowman/girl was made of cotton balls and wears a laid-back hemp headband. The snowgirl mascot was posed on fake snow in a photography studio with five hangyoku/geisha including the celebrity, Sakae (in yellow) from Tokyo’s hinky Shitaya district (circa 1910).

—Idea via @zogu8011 and @TokyoFashion .


My previous reports of goofy loose character mascots and goofier geisha include:



Wood-fired, hi-tech Tokyo

by Chris 73 / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

My ward of Tokyo, Ota-ku, has as the largest concentration* of sento, Japan’s traditional bathhouses (Wiki).

More interesting is that here in “hi-tech” Tokyo, Ota Ward still has many wood-fired bathhouses.
As you can see below in the photos, my local sento/bathhouse has large smokestack (without any pollution controls).


Shown below (just left of the “KID” graffiti) is the wood-fired boiler for the hot baths. The boiler is fueled by wood scrap from Tokyo’s constant, 20-30 year cycle of demolition of craphousing.


Previously, I posted about sento baths in:


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Bukakkei Snow Monsters of Zao Japan

Japan’s Ski Mascot Grand Prix…Last year’s winner was a stalactite named Jukki-kun, one of Zao Onsen Ski Resort

Pedantic alert:

“…a stalactite named Jukki-kun..of Zao Onsen Ski Resort…”

Ok the first problem is that StalacTITES hold tight to the ceiling—Stalagmites might grow to meet them.

But actually, Jukki-kun is a “Juhyo” (樹氷) Snow Monster—a snow formation of built up as snow-&-ice that condensed upon the conifers of Zao Mountain.
Zao snow monsters

mondomascots-logo-twitter I thought it was a stalagmite but it is a snow-covered tree. Or a
used condom.

Definitely he’s a “used condom”…and a bukkake party monster.


Our previous reports of the snow creatures of Japan include:


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Japan’s new ‘Watery Taste’ potato chips

Yesterday, Japan’s snack food brand, Calbee, announced the release of the taste of Fukui Prefecture:
“Watery Taste(ha, ha)” potato chips.


Fukui Prefecture’s dinosaur mascot, “Hiryuu” and Calbee officials show off their “Watery Taste*” potato chips

According to fukui.keizai.biz (in Japanese), Fukui prefectural Governor Nishikawa, “Watery Taste*” potato chips had, “the elegant taste by a combination of wet water potato and dry potato chips.”

NOTE (pun alert):
“Watery Taste potato chips” (水ようかん味 ポテトチップス) is direct (mis)translation of the term for the Japanese jellied dessert, mizu-yokan (水ようかん) shown below.

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By Ocdp投稿者自身による作品, CC0, Link

In case you were wondering, Hiryuu/Happy Ryuu is one of the many dinosaur mascots of Fukui Prefecture, which is known for its many dinosaur digs and its Dinosaur Museum.


A couple of our past reports of dubious Japanese chips have included:
Corn soup flavored Corn Chips — only in Japan (news.3yen.com/2010-10-27)
Psychoactive potato chips (news.3yen.com/2009-09-05)


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Japanese tech — Wood knives

Strict Japanese weapon laws sadly force folks to use odd-tech…wood knives, ha, ha.

Our previous reports of hi-tech Japanese weapons include:


Tokyo’s ‘secret’ garden, Rikugien

For several years I lived across the street from Tokyo’s ‘secret’ garden, Rikugien.
Basically, it was my home away from home as I visited it every day.
Rikugien Garden (六義園) is arguably central Tokyo’s best–It’s constantly used by the Foreign Ministry of Japan to give foreign VIPs a taste of traditional landscaping aesthetics. And for extra fun, Rikugien Garden has several small teahouses can be privately reserved quite reasonably.

Check out the City of Tokyo’s official website for the garden at: teien.tokyo-park.or.jp/en/rikugien


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Plagiarism Japan?

Same song. Same clothes. Same dance. Same look-&-feel video. SAME JAPAN.

Daiwa Home’s new TV commercial featuring the “Daiwa Boys” completely plagiarizes the music video of The Dead South’s for “In Hell I’ll Be in Good Company.”


Let’s パクリ/ripoff happy!!~



Vegging out on shoes

Shoes of fruits and vegetables adorn the cover of this month’s GINZA magazine—a special art piece by Yoshida UNI.



A few of our zillion previous reports Japan’s “cruel shoes” include:

  • Cruelly cute shoes . . . from Japan of course (news.3yen.com/2016-02-18/cruelly-cute-shoes-from-japan-of-course/)
  • Hello Shoes(tm) (news.3yen.com/2015-02-08/hello-shoestm/)
  • Cruel clogs … Tokyo’s hooker parade (news.3yen.com/2014-04-13/cruel-clogs-tokyos-hooker-parade/)