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9/17/2014

Let’s Knock ‘n’ Roll!

meiwa
As far as I’m concerned, the parallel-world electricians, Maywa Denki , is the only Japanese “music group” worth seeing in concert. And now they have released their conceptual art making toy “Knocky”…
kocky-set..



..mr-knocky ..
Available through global.rakuten.com

Also check out an interview with the artists: The Nonsense Machines of Maywa Denki.


left-boltQUOTEI SING the Body electricright-boltQUOTE
–Walt Whitman

Previous 3Yen reports of the antics of Maywa Denki include:

I sing the body electric (3Yen / 2007-08-03)
My heroes “Maywa Denki” in Paris (3Yen / 2005-07-18)
Maywa Denki, the true spirit of Japan (3Yen / 2004-12-05)


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9/17/2014

In Japan, even the tombstone business is dead

In rapidly aging Japan, being dead should be a big business but there are a lot of “buts”…

Grave times for Japan tombstone trade
Reuters / September 14, 2014
The number of deaths each year is expected to increase by 30 percent over the next quarter century.
But more Japanese are choosing to have their ashes scattered at sea or planted under a tree, as these options are cheaper than a gravestone, which is usually the last big splurge for many people at a time of intense caution over the economy.
About 40 per cent of Japanese already have a spot waiting in an ancestral grave, a survey by a tombstone industry group shows, limiting the scope for potential sales.
At the same time, a fifth or more of Japanese would consider alternative, natural burials. Price is one concern.
But for older people, another, larger concern is that with few or no descendants to visit their gravesmore...

kitty-grave
Yes, the above is a Hello Kitty tombstone—It’s not all that usual for a child’s memorial to have gravestone in a theme of Anpanman, Hello Kitty, or even One Piece…
More via qjphotos.wordpress.comgrave8


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8/22/2014

Instant death noodles of Japan

Japan’s own invention (Wiki) Instant death in a cup— is finally attracting attention the love it deserves for its extruded soft wheat flour with no vitamins or other nutritional value, laden with MSG, deep fried in saturated-fat palm oil to maintain its spirochete shape and served in a broth choked with salt, lard and preservatives—OISHI(YUM)!

UFO ramen

Instant noodles: Heart disease in a cup?
lohud.com 2014/08/21
The study, published in The Journal of Nutrition, found that eating instant noodles two or more times a week was associated with cardiometabolic syndrome, a disorder that can raise the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes
Mary Gocke, director of nutrition at the Blum Center for Health in Rye Brook.
The preservatives in most containers of instant noodles — combined with their packaging, usually in styrofoam cups — creates a “perfect storm” that can have a serious impact on the body, says Gocke, a registered dietitian. “Besides being carcinogens, they’re neurotoxic, and on top of that they’re endocrine disruptors” ...more...

Other 3Yen reports of deadly Japanese ramen include:


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8/9/2014

Charged up in Tokyo


An important thing to notice is that when its available, electric charging is free at parking lots in Kanto/the Greater Tokyo Area. It just to much hassle to meter the electricity delivered and add that tiny cost to already substantial parking fees in Tokyo.

With judicious planning—there’s an app for that—a person with a plug-compatible electric car could avoid ever having to buy “fuel.”

For example, my local IKEA and my ward office offer free charging stations in their parking lots as do most of the larger expressway rest stops. Refer to the charging station information at: ev.gogo.gs

free-parking

When I buy a new car, it would be stupid not buy a full EV/Electric Vehicle since I could charge up an EV with my carport’s rooftop solar cells—ZERO “fuel” costs, W0ot!


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8/7/2014

Truly olympic shoes for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

With the start of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics just around the corner (and none of the venues’ construction has started yet*) Tokyo has started critical preparations such as …

oIympic-shoes
oIympic-shoes-close-up

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*Good luck with building anything on time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The average age of a Japanese construction worker is well over 40 years old and a third of the workforce is over age 55 with many of them are expected to retire soon. And of course, foreign labor is out of the question for pure Japan.


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8/4/2014

‘POO Nuggets’ … I’m lovin’ it Japan.

Poor McD’s Japan just can’t get break. China poisons their the exported meat (CNN 2014/07/30) and now the replacement, Tofu fauxChicken Nuggets, is suffering editorializing by Bing Translate
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メニュー情報

Tofu POO nuggets期間限定
豆腐しんじょナゲット
Tofu POO nuggets made tofu, Edamame, carrots, onions to make a Japan dish from minced white fish, such as the ‘POO’ is introduced. In vivid color, flavor of the material fresh and tender taste. Ginger Sauce and dip, outside Cali., enjoy fluffy texture inside.


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7/29/2014

Tokyo–Construction jobs for all, even wild Africans!

Here’s an African expat who has found a lucrative job in Tokyo’s labor-starved* construction industry!

giraffe heavy equipment
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Translation: Giraffe-darling heavy equipment found ♪ (@tang40 Jul 22 キリンさん重機発見♪ )

*Tokyo is starting to suffer from severe labor shortages in the construction industry because everyone is over 60 years old. The upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics may fall apart because there is nobody young enough to build the new sports venues. Refer to:

Japanese firms near crisis point as labor shortage deepens

The Japan Times | 2014/07/11
labour-shortage
Continues…


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7/29/2014

GET STUFFED Godzilla!

Get a Godzilla stuffed!…For just a little more than $500 you can own a Steiff©, limited-edition Teddy Godzilla.

Germany’s High-End Teddy Bear Maker Tackles Godzilla
Japan Real Time – Wall Street Journal | July 28, 2014
Germany-based teddy bear maker Margarete Steiff GmbH began taking orders for a limited edition of stuffed Godzilla dolls to celebrate the 60th year …the stuffed doll still carries a hefty price tag of 51,300 yen ($503 USD)...more...
stuffed gozilla

Steiff’s Japan website, said-openadvises that families with children should keep the doll under adult supervision made of mohair fabric. Fangs will be made of felt cloth.said-closed
stuffed_godzilla_ani_


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7/20/2014

July 20 is traditional Japanese HAMBURGER DAY!

It’s July 20th—traditional Japanese HAMBURGER DAY!

So, here’s Hello Kitty’s burger buttbudies at Sanrio Corporation
Dokidoki Yummychums™”…
SANRIO_hello-kitty-burger
Sanrio dokidoki yummychums

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Our previous years’ reports of Japan’s traditional Hamburger Day include:
   • Wo0t! It’s Hamburger Day, again (3Yen / 2013-07-20) Part II
   • Japan’s HAMBURGER-DAY is July 20 (3Yen / 2012-07-20)
   • HAMBURGER DAY in Japan (3Yen / 2011-07-2)

Also, check out the Infinite Burger Generator website
burgers_ani
Click
to play/eat!

Posted by Taro in Business News, General | 15 Comments »

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7/12/2014

Japan prepares with the ‘Gundam gRobal challenge’

real-g-project

For the past few days, the newswires have been in a tither about Japan’s “REAL G Next Project“—Japan’s plans build a real moving GUNDAN by the year 2019.
    • StraitsTimes.com.
    • rocketnews24.com
The moving GUNDAM will be ready just in time to protect against the foreign hoards coming for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

left_long quotebar 24x260pxGUNDAM GLOBAL CHALLENGE
gundam-challenge.com
Press Release of July 8, 2014
Take up the challenge of the ultimate dream and make the full-scale GUNDAM move
moving gundam by 2019 description
More….
gundam-logo..

You can just just bet that China and Best Korea are shaking in their boots about this “real” GUNDAM, ha, ha.


Some of the many previous GUNDAM reports here on the 3Yen include:


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