Green as a Halloween pumpkin (in Japan)

Japanese pumpkins are green and goofy…

 green-pumpkin –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:


Softbank Japan’s contractual obligations for ROBO-SEX

Since Softbank “Pepper” robot costs* 198,000 yen ($1,654 USD) to purchase and then the owner has to then pay another 24,600 yen ($206 USD) per month for the service contract, the bitchin’ bot better do a lot more than just, “shaking its hips and moan.”


No sex please, we’re robots!
Buyers of hit new ‘emotional robot’ Pepper to sign contract vowing it won’t be used for sex

DAILY MAIL | 22 September 2015
Japan-based SoftBank included a clause in the ownership contract which said using the robot for ‘the purpose of sexual or indecent behavior’ breaks this rental agreement…Computer pranksters have already reprogrammed the iPad hanging from its neck to give Pepper ‘virtual breasts’ which makes it shake its hips and moan when touched..more


Previously the 3Yen has reported on Japanese robosex including:


The Tokyo subway anti-cosplay campaign?

July’s new “manner” poster on the Tokyo Metro seems to be either directed against:
   • Anti-cosplay on the trains, or
   • Prohibiting French aristocracy from using public transport

tokyo manner metro-poster-july-2015

metro manners in japanese
Previous 3Yen reports Toyko train manners on the 3Yen include:


Kyushu’s choo-choo cheer

The Sankei News (Google Translate) is reporting that Japan Railways (JR) Kyushu cheerleaders, the “Sakura/Swallow Corps” (mascot below), at the YOSAKOI Soran Festival in Sapporo this week. Sakuratsubame-Corps-character_200xThe Sakuratsubame (Sakura/Swallow) Corps is composed of JR Kyushu shinkansen (Bullet Train) station attendants, conductors, motormen, and train staff. The Corps won a “U-40″ grand prize at the the festival for their “choo-choo cheer” (you can hear the stream locomoive in the music of their performance).



Vote for “GOT OTER UKI”!

“GOT OTER UKI’ aka Goto Teruki is obviously the best candidate running for the upcoming elections in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. W0oT~!


This year’s poster where he writes his name Goto Teruki in proper Japanese characters “goto-teruki-big” across his privates is actually a big improvement over the romanization of his name “GOT OTER UKI” on Goto Teruki’s 2013 campaign poster.

Check out Goto’s official website (in Japanese).
Information in English about his previous campaign platform at:

The 3Yen has covered silliness about the more wacky political candidates in Japan includes:


Does Tokyo Disneyland’s Alice in Wonderland have a secret?

The Japanese Internet is all a titter about the secret of Tokyo Disneyland’s Alice…

Translated from Japanese by BingThis Alice in Wonderland–I just still see only man? See the arms…Is it not a man? Hey???

Dollers for dollars—Yen for yen

…taking on web subculture
GOOD magazine | 2015Mar05
I understand the appeal of a costume-masked self, although I’ve put on the Kigurumi masks and found them uncomfortable. The people who wear the masks that model for me, it’s a real variety—male and female. But at the end of the shoot they seem disappointed when they have to unmask. They like being that character and acting out that character.more….

As I reported before  (3Yen / 2013-08-29) , these “Dollers” are into wearing a full bodysuit, usually in a flesh-tone color, combined with clothing and girlie accessories of a manga or anime character. Or, in the words of Admiral Ackbar