Japanese ‘convenience’

Japan’s premier convenience store, Lawson’s, offers “convenience”…icon_thumbsup

The 3Yen’s previous reports of Japanese ‘convenience’ include:



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)


tokyonama-logoshopTokyonama, importer/distributer of original products from Japan–Geneva/Tokyo

Daruma drone?

Need to spray your crops? These guys have a DIORAMA!! WITH A #DRONE!! #tokyo


Ha, ha, I misread your “DIORAMA WITH A DRONE” for that crop-sprayer as a ‘DARUMA WITH A DRONE.’ wikipedia.org/wiki/Daruma_doll
Damn, not having a Daruma Drone (達磨ドローン) was a real lost opportunity in the crop-sprayer’s design aesthetic.


tokyonama-texitle-logo-2Tokyonama, importer/distributer of original products from Japan–Geneva/Tokyo


Have you seen the new slogan on the
new Tokyo “Blue Cabs”<snark>? start-your-impossible



More about Tokyo’s “Blue Cabs” at the japantimes.co.jp story: Roomier Blue Cabs added Tokyo fleet ahead of 2020 Olympics

Previously we have covered the Japanese taxi scene including:


tokyonama-logoshopTokyonama, importer/distributer of original products from Japan–Geneva/Tokyo

Japanese HAMBURGER DAY is July 20

Once again, it’s that special time…Japan’s HAMBURGER DAY!
So, eat your Zombie Burger before it eats you.


More bites of burgers in the Comments section…




Other bite me burger posts include:



…an unholy reanimated prose corpse shambling through the discourse, groaning hideously if it can haz cheezburger”

‘Super Monster Wolf’ robot



‘Secret weapon’ for countermeasures against crop damage
‘Super Monster Wolf’ launched in Chiba prefecture July 11th 

goofy Google Translate of The Sankei Shimbun | 2017-July-09
To prevent serious damage by wildlife to rice paddies, such as wild boar ravaging crops in Chiba Prefecture, the JA (Japan Agricultural Cooperatives) of Kisarazu City have released a “secret weapon”: a robot scarecrow modeled on a Hokkaido wolf, the “Super Monster Wolf.” It barks and howls with a great vigor up to 90 decibels, and it has infrared sensors that cause the wolf’s eyes to flicker red like a flame when agricultural pests like boar or deer are detected
The JA has developed the Super Monster Wolf with the cooperative research of Hokkaido University, Tokyo University of Agriculture and University, and Okita Seiki Corporation over the past seven years
Besides loud wolf noises, the robot scarecrow can produce a variety of surprising sounds such as the firing of a gun as well as several dozen artificial sounds that pest species find uncomfortable, and it can blast these noises over area is about 1 square kilometer. For power the Super Monster Wolf is connected to a battery and solar panel


A few of our many previous scarecrow reports include:


McCOWPISS® milkshake — new at McDonald’s Japan


For some reason, Calpis®, Japan’s top-selling milky vanilla-flavored yogurt soft drink, had to be rebranded with the “Calpico” trademark in the Latin America and Asian markets just because Calpis® sounds way too much like “cow piss.”
So, you can imagine my delight with the new product—the McShake + Calpis = McCOWPISS® campaign.

The girls in my neighborhood taqueria back home in Denver giggle every time I order a “Calpico®” with my tacos.
Even they “know” what it really is, he, hee.



Bite my giant Chocoball®!

choco ballsWhile “CHOCOBALL (L) have been very popular for decades and now is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the release of a giant CHOCOBALL. According to the press release of Morinaga confectionary, the new giant Chocoball will be “50 times size” of their regular chocolate balls and will sold for 540 yen ($4.75 USD).


The above CHOCOBALL is not to be confused with the ₱❍rn actor Chocoball Mukai, whose nickname stems from the resemblance of his dark dangling endowments to the Morinaga chocolate candy.


Our previous reports chocolate fun in Japan include:kunky-ball nude  chocolate choco valentine for japanese men



Japan Railways to debut the duck-billed ‘AFFAIR-X’

It may look like a Duck-billed Dildo and its real name ought to be the “AFFAIR-X” (Advanced labs For Frontline Activity In Rail eXperimentation)—JR East is going for a new look shinkansen/bullet train.


JR East looks to debut new shinkansen test model capable of running at 360 kph in 2019
KYODO | July 5, 2017
East Japan Railway Co. said Tuesday that it will introduce in spring 2019 a 10-car test train, dubbed ALFA-X, with the aim of developing a next-generation shinkansen model.
The company hopes to achieve a maximum operating speed of 360 kph for the new shinkansen.
ALFA-X stands for “Advanced Labs for Frontline Activity in rail eXperimentation”
the test train is expected to have two different front cars as JR East will check technologies for reducing air pressure when the train enters a tunnel. More…

new-shinkansen-500xAnas-capped agmen japonica is scientific latin for “Japanese duck-billed train.”

Previous reports of shinkansen oddities include:


BUTt, it’s school vacation time in Japan


Only in Japan can can kids enjoy sliding out of a giant ass and jumping in a bouncy house shaped like a turd. #unchi
The exhibit is called Karada no Naka (Inside the Body) and is taking place in many locations in Japan this summer. www.ss-live.ws/karada/ — Aonghas Crowe (@AonghasCrowe) July 3, 2017

Don’t worry about the fun being “Only in Japan”The exhibit is an extension of the popular kids’ book “Grossology” from the US publisher Penguin Putnam Inc.

Previous poop reports include: