Japan’s Coming-of-Age Day is set up to congratulate those who have reached the age of maturity (20) during the year. Cities and towns throughout the nation hold ceremonies for these young people but sometimes the kids get a kittle immature.
Irked by loud attire, Kitakyushu urges young adults to dress right on Coming-of-Age Day
The Japan Times | Jan. 8, 2016
…In recent years, Kitakyushu’s Coming-of-Age Day ceremonies have been marked by young men wearing vividly colored hakama, a trouser component of the kimono, making them look like hooligans to some…
…The new women meanwhile are starting to wear a looser-fitting style of kimono that exposes the shoulders in a way used by oiran, the high-class prostitutes of the Edo Period.
Previous reports of Coming-of-Age Day on the 3Yen include:
Like Krampus on acid, Japan’s ‘Namahage’—New Years Ogres armed with fake wooden deba knives go door-to-door admonishing children who may be guilty of laziness or bad behavior.
Namahage yell phrases like “Are there any crybabies around?” (泣く子はいねがぁ Nakuko wa inee gā?) or “Are naughty kids around?” (悪い子はいねえか Waruiko wa inee ka?) —Wikipedia.org/wiki/Namahage
A child cries while being lifted by a man disguised as “Namahage” wearing a demon-like mask and a costume made of straw, in Oga, northeastern Japan…
Kyodo News | 2015/12/31 : “Namahage” end-of-year rituals
Previous reports of Namahage on the 3Yen include:
Happy 2016 from Ladybeard in Japan!
Fun for the whole family cosplay braving the 8℃ (46℉) cold at Day 2 of Comiket (89), the world’s largest ″ comic market″ (コミックマーケット) / fair, now being held at Tokyo “Big Sight” convention center.
In case you were wondering what character the fun family were cosplaying, refer to the Japanese film classic, Hentai Kamen—Rocketnews24.com.
Previous 3Yen reports of Comiket (Japan’s bigger-n-better version of Comicon) include:
No doubt about it, there’s always something fishy about Christmas Eve in Japan.
Really fishy Xmas stories that the 3Yen has featured before include:
Today is Thanksgiving Day in America but in Japan…
You’ve been waiting impatiently and here they are: The famous giraffes of Christmas!
Vous les attendiez avec impatience et les voilà: les fameuses girafes de Noël!
You can imagine my surprise when this United State Defense Dept. report popped in my Google News today—Marines parading as Bears in samurai armor in Iwakuni Japan.
Previous reports on the 3Yen of Bears/Armor/Samurai include:
Here’s proof of the evils of racist cultural appropriation*…’Bearded Hipsters† in Silky Kimonos.’
‘Bearded Men in Silky Kimonos’ is a Pin-Up Calendar For Lovers of Hirsute Men
Broadly | Nov. 16, 2015
Kate Cooper-Owen came up with the idea when staying at a friend’s house. Her friend’s boyfriend sidled into the kitchen in the morning in a silken robe: “It had this beautiful cherry blossom pattern on it,” she remembers. “It wasn’t a kimono in the strictest sense, but it was such a amazing look. I pretty much said on the spot, ‘This should be a calendar.'” Just over a year later, the 2016 calendar is now in the pre-order phase, shot by fashion photographer Woland...more...
*Earlier this year, there were noisy protests of kimono wearing events as “cultural appropriation”:
Boston museum cancels ‘Kimono Wednesdays’ after racism protests (AP news | July 7, 2015 )
†Full disclosure: I have a very full goatee.
Kimono-cultural appropriation problems have also been covered by the 3Yen including:
Night now has fallen on Halloween in Japan and the ghouls are emerging…
The terror of Japanese Halloween continues in the Comments section below.
Quirky cars of the Tokyo Motor Show 2015
↑ The Honda Fit Tokyo Radio Edition (topgear.com)
Toyoda Gosei Flesby is a four-wheeled airbag (topgear.com) ↑
↑ Honda MBEV (topgear.com)
↑ Steam-punk beast-mobile the Toyota Kikai (topgear.com)