Tokyo today…TAXI DAY!

Tokyo Taxi Association’s
“TAKKUN” mascot ⬇

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Yes, today is TAXI DAY.
Way, way back on August 5, 1919, Japan’s first taxis started operation in Tokyo. The taxi company, Jidosha Kabushikigaisha began with six cars operating from where Yurakucho Mullion is located in present-day Ginza in downtown Tokyo.
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Previously we have covered the Japanese taxi scene including:

 


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‘Wacky’ Japan ads

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Wacky spelled Waki—well actually Wakinoshita—means ‘armpit’ in Japanese. The WAKINO Ad Company (AXILLARY Ad Company) is trolling for our attention with these armpit ads according to Adweek.com:
This Japanese Company Believes That Renting Space on Armpits Is the Next Great Ad Frontier

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Torture Tech — newest idea for Japanese workers

That’s cold: Japan tech blasts snoozing workers with AC
phys.org / AFP | July 26, 2018
Japanese office workers hoping to nod off on the job may need to sleep with one eye open thanks to a new system that can detect snoozers and blast them with cold air.
Air conditioning manufacturer Daikin and electronics giant NEC said Thursday they have begun trialling the system, which monitors the movement of the employee’s eyelids with a camera attached to a computer.
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All I can say is, "fcuking good luck with that."
When I worked at Hitachi, a good 20 percent of the workforce was sound asleep at their desks after lunch 1:45pm.
And, I would gladly pretend to sleep to set the office’s air conditioner thermostat lower 28°C (82°F), which the tech guideline the government has set for torturing employees.
 


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Goofy umbrellas for Japan’s rainy season

With all the umbrellas fun in yesterday’s post, Rain

Here’s an umbrella is designed to be rolled alongside you, like a suitcase, which provides a fun alternative to the ordinary method, which involves carrying the annoying thing around with you

via New “rolling” umbrella with wheels lets you take it for a stroll on rainy days | RocketNews24
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Our previous dorky descriptions of Japanese umbrellas include:

 



 


WE’LL BE HAPPY!

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Goofy Google Translate of fvj.co.jp/vending
The happy “Two-Down” vending machine that you often see on Tokyo’s street is Wex Corp’s private brand vending machine…with reasonable pricing. We are aggressively offering a “two-down” vending machine that finds new demand and receives wide support.

 
drink-sizes-japanThe-rest-of-the-story…
When I first came to Japan in 1984, the fixed price of drink was 110 yen ($1 USD) for a measly 190 ml (6.4 oz) can. In 1986, the standard-throughout-Japan price went up to 120 yen but over the next few years the normal 350 ml (12 oz) can was introduced. To pay 120 yen, you must use three coins: one 100 yen and two 10 yen coins.120yen-in-coin

The reason that these 100 yen vending machines are called TWO DOWN is that they only need one 100 yen coin for a drink, which is two coins “down” from the normally required three. The happy Wex-Man character carries a big mallet to “Hammer Down/ハンマーダウン” prices with Wex’s colorfully loud blue and yellow vending machines that, “anticipated the Era (of Japan’s endless deflation since 1992).”
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Japan’s new salarymen…’WALLMONKEYS’

The new Japanese salaryman (3Yen / 2009-08-07) is now called a Wallmonkey
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This is a good way for the hordes of restructured (3Yen / 2005-01-25) salarymen to be more at ease at home alone after forced early retirement (3Yen / 2006-11-14)—Amazon’s product description says that you:

can transform your lonely walls…with freshly printed Wallmonkeys vinyl decals

 


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Japan’s new tourism slogan

In preparation for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo…

Japan’s new tourism
slogan …
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Explanation of the above tourism problems in Japan:

1.) Free public WiFi in Japan is rare/annoyingly-spotty/nonexistent and using it always requires pre-registration using an internet connection. That is, you have to have WiFi to get WiFi, grrr.
2.) Credit cards are not accepted at more than 50% of the eating and drinking establishments in Japan as well as most small stores in Japan. In addition, {evil}foreign credit cards are often rejected by Japanese credit card processing systems (especially debit cards).

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Our other reports on tourism and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics include:

 



 


Men’s Elephant Pants with a Suck

Japanese does suck when it comes to guy’s elephant pants, ha, ha.

 
Language Note: “Suck” and ‘sock’ sound the same in Japanese: And, like in British English “pants” means underpants in Japanese.

Previous puerile Pants posts include:

 
 



 



Toys Ain’t Us®

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Here in Japan, Toys Ain’t Us®, is still chugging along serving the screaming needs of bratty, I-want-I-want-I-want Japanese kids demanding immediate gratification (online sales doesn’t serve this need and thus brick-&-mortar still reigns supreme in Japan).

Toys R Us in talks to sell majority stake in Asia unit, including Japan business
The Japan Times | 12 Apr 2018
Toys R Us Asia Ltd., its parent, is in talks with …The Hong Kong-based joint venture with Fung Retailing Ltd. includes over 400 physical stores and eight online stores across Hong Kong, Japan, China, Macau, Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailandmore

 

Our previous reports of Toys R Us include:

 



 


Beer promotion or train car, you make the call

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I think I’ve been on this train before ❮hick❯.
 

japanstation.com

Japan Station @JPNStation
Keihan Railway’s Premium Car is a new service offering spacious reserved seats on express trains between Osaka and Kyoto.
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osakastation.com/the-keihan-main-line-traveling-to-kyoto-from-yodoyabashi-station/

 

 
Our previous reports of luxury Japanese trains without beer promotion: