Sumitomo Corporation has decided to go with a truth-in-advertising approach and their recruiting division has decided to show prospective new hires exactly what is in store for them.
The recruiting video for Sumitomo salarymen-bots is by ‘World Order’ aka Genki Sudo (3Yen 2011-03-25) shows more of the true nature of Japanese life than would be expected.
For a mere 39,900 Japanese yen ($400 USD), you can now have a crappy crystal ‘Kumamon’ mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture. Wo0t!
Baccarat Presents Crystal Glass “Kumamon” Figure
JIJI Press | Dec. 2, 2013 –French high-end glass maker Baccarat will release on Dec. 9 crystal-glass figures of “Kumamon,” a mascot bear for Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan…more...
According to the Asahi News, the crystal ‘Kumamon’ is 11 cm tall, and takes skilled craftsmen painstaking efforts to prevent impurities and air bubbles from ruining the roundness of the glass bear’s belly. Baccarat supposedly had a hard time making this a commercialized product. Ri-i-i-ight.
Learn more at Kumamon’s official Facebook page.
From Japan of course, here’s some hot pnk polka-dotted lady truckin’ …
A Truck For Women, Of Course It’s Pink
…at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show … The vehicle is a derivative of the Mitsubishi’s Canter light duty truck (known as “FE” in North America until recently) outfitted with a hybrid engine. The special lady version is known as the “Canna” and Mitsubishi-Fuso claims it was developed “by a project team consisting of 9 women core members” and that along with the pink polkadotted exterior “the interior incorporates more ‘cute’ and ‘comfort’ elements in its inner panel and seat covers targeted at women drivers.”
Ise Grand Shrine (Wiki) is Japan’s Shinto religion’s equivalent of Mecca, Jerusalem and St. Peter’s Basilica all rolled into one. However, the most revered shrine of Shinto is also quite practical as evidenced by this blessed vending machine located right in middle of the shrine.
Here’s Miss Inori Aizawa, Microsoft Asia’s Kawaii/cute corporate mascot aka “image character” (イメージキャラクター).
Ooh! My naughty SKIRT keeps riding UP! Yup, it’s … INTERNET EXPLORER
—Get ready for Inori, the ‘personification of IE—
theregister.co.uk | 8th November 2013
Meet Inori Aizawa, Microsoft’s latest spokes…character, created by animation studio CACANi on behalf of Microsoft Singapore…
…Inori’s design is typical of many young female anime icons. She has big blue eyes, lots of curly hair, and she wears a suspiciously short blue dress…
…Inori’s outfit includes conspicuously placed Microsoft and Internet Explorer logos, because Inori is, we are told, “an anime personification for Internet Explorer.”
Just in time for Halloween (3Yen / 2013-10-25) and straight from the Uncanny Valley (3Yen / 2010-08-05), check out Japan’s newest robo-girl, “Sa-chan“…
Robo-guide bot Sa-chan shown above made her debut at the big robotics and advanced technologies exhibition, “HUMAN SENSing 2013″ going on at Yokohama now. Sa-chan has ten different animated faces/personalities as well as newly-developed recognition technologies for face recognition, avoidance detection, and gesture interpretation according to the always goofy Google Translate of the Expo’s press release.
Watch the video below of Sa-chan the guide-bot in action.
Our funny friends in Best Korea write…
WOW! Check out this great girl!
It’s time to move back to Japan and
get married to a vending machine…
The guy in the commercial is having a bad day. Surprisingly the vending machine shocks by asking him if he’s OK. By scanning the QR barcode with his cellphone and he can “connect” and hook up with the vending machine girl (app).
Then goes to his job and tells his coworker about the Georgia coffee machine girlfriend. The commercial show his vending machine girlfriend sending his text messages telling him things like “Cheer up,” “Smile,” and “Take it easy.”
Here’s the app if you need vending machine girlfriend…
Click for the app on Google Play…
This commercial is not science fiction.
Many Japanese Coke machines are connected to the internet to share real-time inventory and marketing data with the Coca-cola Mothership. When I buy my morning ‘can coffee,’ the machine wishes a cheery “Ohayo/Morning!” tells me it’s going to colder today and reminds me to have an umbrella because it may rain later in the day (using online weather data). The Coke machine’s LED display then offers me a QR barcode for a game app especially for a rainy day.
All in all, my daily Japanese experience is not that much different than the Vending Machine Lover shown in the above TV commercial.
Of course you might ask, “What the hell is Japanese ‘can coffee’?”
Crack-in-a-Can®, Japanese ‘can coffee’ is the secret of Japan’s success and without it this highly caffeinated country would never function before noon. Refer to Wikipedia for more Japanese “can coffee” information.
The 3Yen’s previous reports of the vending machine paradise, Japan, include:
• Japan vending machine costs an arm and a hand?
(3Yen / 2009-07-21)
• Japanese electricity waste of vending machines
(3Yen / 2012-01-24)
• Cup-o-smack™ vending machine
(3Yen / 2008-04-17)
• Ninja Vending Machine
(3Yen / 2013-04-23) ↘
This a cool promotional sleeping bag of e-kakinotane.com, a rice cracker manufacturer here in Japan. The small crescent-shaped senbei/rice crackers* make a perfect shape for a sleeping bag as shown below.
←Kaki-peanuts or “Kaki-pi” are a common snack in Japan. Kaki-pi are kaki-no-tane (柿の種) consist of small crescent-shaped senbei (soy-flavored rice crackers) and peanuts.
These tiny crackers are consumed with beer and are often offered as a bar snack. The name comes from the fact that the pieces of senbei look like the seeds of the persimmon, or kaki in Japanese. (Wikipedia) ↯
Other examples of oddly creative Japanese sleeping bag designs previously covered on the 3Yen include:
• Doggie-bags for bears — Japanese sleeping bag
(3Yen / 2010-07-19)
• Return of the Mummy, Japanese style
(3Yen / 2010-01-06)
• Japan’s hi-tech camping solution for perfect
for sleepwalking and bear escape
(3Yen / 2005-07-25) ↘
Remember the Ostrich Pillow™ cum gimp mask by Japanese designer Maki Kawamura from last year (3Yen / 2012-09-28)?
Well, it’s ba-a-a-ck as a turtle head/neck!