Les fameuses girafes de Noël! (only in Japan)

Today is Thanksgiving Day in America but in Japan…

sidebar-quote long 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!

Bear samurai armor, Marines partake in historical tradition

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.

Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 11.57.34 AMI was very enthused for the chance to wear samurai armor″
via DVIDS (Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System) | Nov. 22, 2015


Previous reports on the 3Yen of Bears/Armor/Samurai include:



The evils of cultural appropriation: ‘Bearded Hipsters in Silky Kimonos’

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:


Micro-Gamera vs the Homeless (2015)

A homeless man hits the red carpet at Tokyo International Film Festival 2015 in Shinjuku, only to be challenged by

Micro-Gamera responds the challenge at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2015!



Straight from “Down Under” his mom’s basement, check out this odd alien bosozoku rider!




Sunshine Coast biker drawn to teen Japanese subculture after mum’s accident
Australian Broadcasting Corporation | 20 October, 2015
Devere’s elderly mum ran over his beloved motorbike, he thought it was time to reveal his love of the controversial Japanese subculture, Bosozoku
Mr Devere admits that, at 54, he is a little too old to be a legitimate Bosozoku gang member. "Unlike bikies here, they’re teenagers," he said. "So by the time you’ve reached 20 you’ve reached the limit [and] it’s uncool to hang around."


Previous 3Yen reports of the bonkers bosozoku gangs include:


Green as a Halloween pumpkin (in Japan)

Japanese pumpkins are green and goofy…


Kabocha-pumpkinwikipedia.org/wiki/Kabocha –Japanese pumpkin

Calling someone in Japanese a “kabucha” is an old-fashioned slang word for someone ‘stupid’ or ‘empty headed’ (similar to having a head that’s like the hollow inside of a pumpkin).
The above photo of the green pumpkin-head girls in kimono is most likely a playbill for a manzai/comedy team.


Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force’s new bipedal armored combat robot

little-gsf-robot_ani left_super long-quotebar 24x360Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force has unveiled its new, autonomous, bipedal walking-type armored combat robot that has been under development for some time.
The unveiling took place at the High Technical School (HTS) of Camp Takeyama. The grabbing the interest of students and for recruiting future candidates for Japan Self-Defense Forces was assured by the use of high-fashion camouflage patterns.
—goofy Google Translate

4_shot_gsf-robot武山駐屯地高等工科学校にて、陸上自衛隊が開発中の二足歩行式装甲戦闘車両がお披露目された。 子供達の心をがっしり鷲掴みで、自衛隊志願希望者も確保した模様. — イチロー・D・羽田@宿毛湾泊地 (@RJTT_HND_Tokyo) September 27, 2015


A few of the many other reports about J-bots on the 3Yen include: