Saaa, only in Japan: CRACK for KIDS is sold by Japan’s largest pharmaceutical company, Taisho …
In Japan there’s a saying that for school kids:
Direct translation: “(Sleep) four hours pass, (Sleep) five hours fail.”
Previous 3Yen reports of sleep deprivation in Japan include:
. . . • Tokyo: No. 1 in sleep deprivation (3Yen / 2009-11-28)
. . . • Sleepy Japanese kids (3Yen / 2009-07-14)
As mentioned before on the 3Yen*, the Japanese will put any shait on a bun and call it a “burger”—in this case panda fæces†, which was mistakenly called “panda faces” in the following news report…
Japan’s newest bizarro burger includes spaghetti, panda faces fæces†
now.msn.com | May 20, 2013
…Lotteria …[has]… another weird burger variation called the Napoli Panda Burger…no pandas harmed in the making of this burger—instead it features a small pile of spaghetti with tomato sauce plopped atop the patty. Oh, and the bun is stamped with the image of 2 pandas, for no apparent reason…more…
*Other Japanese fæces burger “surprises” include:
• Japan’s radioactive Cesium burgers (3Yen / 2012-11-06)
• Pumpkin Bumpkin Burger (3Yen / 2012-10-20)
• Cheez-whiz fondue chicken burger? (3Yen / 2010-10-05)
• Biohazard alert–’Choco Burger’! (3Yen / 2010-09-16)
• Pastafarain noodle burgers (3Yen / 2007-05-22)
†Note: The panda faces/fæces joke was shamefully ripped off from Shogannai’s twitter.
Winner of the strange Japanese engrish headline of the week:
Fish bukkake—milt is to be used to refine the rare earths that are critical to Japan’s high-tech electronics.
Fish milt used to glean rare earths
The Japan Times May 18, 2013
Japanese researchers…have found a better, cheaper way to smelt rare earth metals by using salmon milt, or sperm.
The rest-of-the-story is that until recently, China was Japan and the rest of the world’s main source of rare earth elements that are critical in the electronics industry. China instituted an export ban on shipments of rare earth oxides to Japan on September 2010. This Chinese export restriction on rare earth elements has caused Japan to go into a tizzy looking for alternative supplies (Wikipedia),
Here’s a real Pacific Rim job—the robot reception at the REMM Hotel in the high-tech, otaku district of Tokyo’s Akihabara…
Greetings from REMM Hotel Akihabara! according to the wonders of goofy Google robo-Translate, which goes not to say that:
With these twin “Gemini” robots, the REEM Hotel is planning many robots visiting the hotel as part of an experiment lasting into the Spring.
The Hankyu-Hanshin-Daiichi Hotel Group further explains:
This new edition to the is based on the idea of better, more comfortable sleep—Come and visit us!!
Check out the hotel’s English website at: REMM Akihabara.
Previous posts about marginally-useful Japanese robots in hotels include:
• Hello Kitty-ROBO (3Yen / 2010 Sept.)
• —The EMIEW2 robot —
Excellent Mobility and Interactive Existence as Workmate 2
(3Yen / 2010 June)
• Bellboy Bots at a Tokyo Disneyland Hotel (3Yen / 2006 Feb.)
• Japan’s robot-run love hotels (3Yen / 2006 Oct. )
According to Starbucks Japan’s horseshat press releases (Business Wire / 2013May10), they are reaching a milestone in their world domination of overpriced coffee with the projected opening of their 1,000th store in Japan. All in all, this has been a long way since Starbucks opened their first store in Tokyo’s Ginza in Aug. 1996.
Recently, I have been wondering why my supermarket here in Tokyo was still selling packs of pieces of tuna sushi for only 500 yen ($5 USD) even though Bluefin tuna is a vanishing species costing thousands of dollars for each fish*(3Yen / 2010-11-09). Now, there’s an answer—a Mexican answer no less…
Farm-Raised Tuna From Mexico Increasingly On Japanese Menu
Nikkei | 2013/05/11
…Bluefin tuna from Mexico is gaining credibility and popularity in Japan for sushi and sashimi, aided by competitive pricing and burgeoning supplies. In years past, Mexican farm-raised Bluefin was considered to be of lower quality than that raised in Japan. But the fish shipped this season have been large, and more buyers at the wholesale markets have been tempted to give them a try…
With its economic rise, China’s thrust to beat off Japan in all fields has resulted in the competition to have the best penis building…
Embiggen to 551×487px.
Dezeen.com (05 May 2013) in their story, Chinese newspaper headquarters compared to huge penis, China is far shyer about the penis shape of their building compared to the Tokyo’s Towering Triumph, the Fuji Latex Building (3Yen / 2009-07-18), which is the headquarters of Asia’s largest condom manufacturer.
Japan’s new “Abenomics” policy to spur hyperinflation: It Lifts and Separates™ the electorate…
Japan hopes for a lift from “Abenomics” bra
Reuters / May 8, 2013
The Japanese division of lingerie maker Triumph International unveiled on Wednesday an “Abenomics” bra, a special edition it says offers a “growth strategy” and a potential lift towards Japan's elusive inflation target…more…
Ah, Japanese beer…No matter how cleverly it is packaged, it’s always the same.
Japanese prefer nondescript, rice-laced, pilsner pisswater, so Japanese brands have copied the bland approach of mainstream American brands like Budweiser and Coors (3Yen / 2012-07-06), meh.
However, according to the 3Yen’s correspondent-at-large, Den4, Japanese beer drinkers do aspire to “greater” things such as like “Heartland” beer by Kirin…
Note: One of our astute readers has just informed us that the above Heartland advertisement is actually an altered form of an older, famous ad (circa 2009) from Ursus Breweries* of Romania.
Den4, 3Yen correspondent reports:
Kewpie pigs in Yokohama Chinatown…
Scary, what’s next?!
Taro 3Yen replies:
How about the fact that Kewpie is worshipped as a God in Japan (3Yen / 2008-04-01), or that about 9% of all eggs produced in Japan are transformed into Kewpie mayonnaise products (Kewpie.co.jp)?