Mitsuoka Motors, Japan’s tenth largest auto manufacturer that nobody has heard of, has called it quits with their “Final Orochi” SNAKE-EYES supercar →
(3Yen / 2006-10-04).
Mitsuoka calls it a “Fashion-Super Car” (Wiki) but it’s routinely referred to in the press as the “World’s Ugliest Car.” According to worldcarfans.com, this final version will carry a final price of 1.27 million yen ($123,945 USD) and Mitsuoka will close Orochi production this September.
Wo0t!~ I have gotta experience the thrill of barreling down this three meter long section of maglev train track!
Maglev center to offer new high-speed experience
The Asahi Shimbun | April 15, 2014
–Visitors to the Yamanashi Prefectural Maglev Exhibition Center will soon be able to view the world’s fastest "floating" train and experience the thrill of a simulated ride…more…
Today’s creepy Japanese mascot is Shizuka-chan (wiki) who is shilling for Toyota’s new “fuel-sipping Passo +Hanna” eco-car model (Japan Times 2014apr14) that promises to sip your brrrains!
Look closer at her,
if you dare …m0Ar!~
Japan’s special form of costumed creepiness, the kigurumi (), are covered in other 3Yen reports including:
• lil’ Big Bo Peep (3Yen / 2014-04-02)
• Old McDonalds had a farm… (3Yen / 2014-02-01)
• Still time to stop ‘em! (3Yen / 2009-03-21)
• New face for the new year (3Yen / 2006-12-27)
Have you ever wondered how chocolate Pocky™ pretzels were made?
Wonder no longer.
—グリコ広報 (@glico_PR) March 31, 2014
Besides artisan-made Pocky snacks, previous puerile Pocky posts on the 3Yen include:
• Japan plans for Plutonium Pocky™! (3Yen / 2012-12-29)
• Giant salmon pretzel sticks (3Yen / 2012-04-08)
• Get Pockyed! (3Yen / 2009-07-25) ↓
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Japan’s newest electric car with tail fins, so it’s gotta be great! (Ri‑i‑i‑ght.) ٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶?
Embiggen original (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
—AFP/Getty Images | 31 Mar 2014
Besides having dubious/nonfunctional tail fins, I have to wonder why the SIM Drive electric vehicle has such a large radiator grille (shown right) since electric cars don’t need traditional radiators.
Refer to: jalopnik.com Why do all these electric-cars have grilles?
As much I am doubtful of this prototype, the latest iteration of the electric vehicle shown above does look more promising than the: New driving force for Japan ↓ (3Yen / 2012-03-02).
I can’t help but think of Genetically Modified Organism when I see these posters every morning.
pic.twitter.com/OBfzwOrE4k — JapanBlogList (@JapanBlogList) March 26, 2014
Despite what it looks like in these posters, Yuka Nakayama (中山由香) is not advertising genetically modified foods—She’s a genetically‑modified “campaign girl ()” for a online foreign exchange brokerage, GMO CLICK Securities—”GMO” stands for Global Media Online.
Supposedly, GMO CLICK is Number 1 in the user-friendliness of their trading tools for FX beginners, but their TV commercials stress the value of Yuka Nakayama as GMO’s zombie fighting, go-go girl. (Note the transexual, gaijin zombie at the 56-second point of the video.)
See more videos of GMO’s transexual gaijin zombies and islander cannibals too in the COMMENTS section.
Mo’ betta than failing Abenomics (3Yen / 2013-12-24), Japan turns to ‘Wankernomics’—that is, damp-dreaming that anime freakazoids and otaku wankers somehow can boost a stagnant economy, ri-i-i-ight.
Japan turns to 'animenomics'
Nikkei.com | March 21, 2014
Japanese businesses and municipalities are turning to anime to create buzz…
… Nihonbashi is banking on this animation festival to bring it good fortune. The commercial district is considered the birthplace of Japanese popular culture. In the mid-1800s, famous ukiyo-e woodblock printing artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi was born in Nihonbashi…Back then, Nihonbashi was home to major ukiyo-e publishers, and a publishing center…
~Coredo Muromachi 2, a commercial complex in Tokyo's central Nihonbashi district, hosts the Tokyo Anime Award Festival 2014.~
The real star of the Japanese animation classic, AKIRA (アキラ, 1988), was Kaneda’s hyper-scooter cycle (as you can see on the left). Over the years, many people have tried to duplicate the impossible engineering of the Akira bike.
I have written about a Akira-scooter lookalikes before, but it’s amazing to see that Honda has put the faux-AKIRAesque NM4 Vultus into full production rather than just going for one-off concept/show bike.
Honda’s Anime-Inspired Bike Is A Stealth Bomber On Two Wheels
jalopnik.com | 2014mar21
I have a hard time watching the 1988 Japanese sci-fi classic Akira without staring at Kaneda’s bike and thinking, “GOD, I need that thing in my LIFE.”…
…The NM4 Vultus packs a 745cc twin-cylinder engine mated to a dual clutch transmission with automatic or manual shift modes. They call it intuitive and easy to use with a low center of gravity and “future-shock style and stealth bomber silhouette” …more blah, blah, blah….
Check out our previous posts about the mega-kool Akira motorcycle that include:
• The “DETONATOR” bike (3Yen / 2006-10-31)
• AKIRA cycle (3Yen / 2006-04-04)
• AKIRA DiCaprio!? (3Yen / 2008-02-22)
Is this a fishy looking train or a trainny looking fish?
Separated at Birth?
The top photo shows the E7-Series Shinkansen/bullet train (Wiki) and the bottom is the “loose character”*, Burikatsu-kun, of Sado Island in Niigata Prefecture. Burikatsu is Japanese Yellow-tail that is a favorite fish that Niigata promotes with the expert loose help of their Burikatsu-kun mascot. Check out the Burikatsu-kun image collection and also his official website: burikatsu.com.
*‘Loose character‘ aka Yuru-Chara is a Japanese abbreviation
of Yurui/ meaning ‘loose’, ‘B-list’, or
‘unsophisticated’ and “Chara” for character.
Some of the many other 3Yen reports of Japan’s so-called loose characters
• Japan’s sets Guinness record for synchronized dork dancing
(3Yen / 2013-01-31)
• Severed fish head mascot ↓ (3Yen / 2011-08-01)
And speaking of severed fish heads… (see the Comments section)