Japan in WWII was ‘just like North Korea’


Author Probes Oddities of World War II Life in Japan
Wall Street Journal blog, 2014/05/13
When author Tadanori Hayakawa looks at life in Japan during World War II, his eye is drawn to the bizarre.
Take the case of nudism: At some schools, both the pupils and teachers wore only underpants or trousers to become physically stronger. A photo from 1943 shows that even a principal was working almost naked at his desk.
A magazine for homemakers gave advice on how to grow opium poppies for use as anesthetics during a medicine shortage. Readers were told to go to government health offices for free seeds
Hayakawa said he was genuinely interested in the ideas and ways of life shown in his unique collection of materials. “Most readers enjoy them. Many have said, ‘Oh, this is just like North Korea,’ ” he said.

Japanese links (Bing Translate) to Tadanori Hayakawa’s books are:

Show Your Love for the Nation
“Show Your Love for the Nation”

“Gods’ Japan battle life”

Previous 3Yen reports of naked education in Japan include:

Oh the horror! Japanese researchers must review their papers!

Talk about a Wild-n-Crazy New Idea: Japanese research papers now need to be reviewed! Wow!

nhk news screen shot 2014-05-05
NHK WORLD English | May 4, 2014

Japan’s RIKEN institute has instructed all its researchers to review their papers following the revelation of controversial papers on stem cell research by one of its researchers.
RIKEN President Ryoji Noyori issued the order on April 25th. He asked researchers to check voluntarily whether plagiarism is involved in their papers
a panel investigating the controversial papers written by Haruko Obokata resigned over allegations that one of his articles contained manipulated images. Obokata led high-profile studies on a new type of stem cell, the so-called STAP...more...

Pimpin’ ain’t easy-peasy japanesey

"The eikaiwa school that gets you closer… To pimps.." via

pic.twitter.com/IdmrruOxL9 Matt Alt (@Matt_Alt) April 22, 2014

And remember, learning engrish and …pimp

Previous easy-peasy-japanesey pimping on the 3Yen includes:
   • Pimpbot 5000 recruits Japanese kindergarteners!
         (3Yen / 2013-10-14)
   • Pimpin’ is a gas (3Yen / 2006-09-06)
   • Japanese Police Pimpmobiles on Parade! (3Yen / 2006-03-27)

The only Japanese word you need to understand is ‘UNKO’

One of our long-time readers, “Johnny Yen” thoughtfully writes to us:

said-openOne will benefit from carefully studying this website on how to take a poop in Japanese.said-closed*

The only Japanese word you need to understand this video is UNKO (poop)!

Official Japanese website (machine translation)
The short video above is a promo for the launch of Japanese children’s’ book “Shiritori Unko (Endless Poop)”:
quoter leftShiritori Shit that follows shit ♪ …… endless poop ♪ Confucius puppy. Let Dashikiro this shit to get! quoter right

Book title: “Shiritori Unko” ISBN: 9784592761662 Price: 838 yen + tax
Official Japanese website: kodomoe.net/unko (Google Translate)

Also check out the previous 3Yen report:

How to poop Japanese. (3Yen / 2010-07-12 )
how to poop in Japan

Heads will roll…

Ahhh, the strange and wondrous finds on the streets of Japan that you can happen across. This tweet shows the grim aftermath of beginning beauty school students: Heads will roll…

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学校の帰りに首落ちてたこともあった pic.twitter.com/y4MLtIKtwh— なぽみ(仮) (@Napomi_)’s twitterDecember 29, 2013

I have covered photos of Japanese practice mannequins many times before here on the 3Yen. By law, Japanese beauty school students must practice several months on dummy heads before attempting to cut a person’s hair. This law leads to a huge number practice heads being thrown out as well as a lot of creative “repurposing” of creepy heads in Japan such as:
News on Japan – We Cut Heads
. . . We Cut Heads
. . . . . (3Yen / 2011-04-20)

. . . Haircut heads turn into ‘grow heads’
. . . . . (3Yen / 2011-02-03)

. . . Let’s kakashi/scarecrow!
. . . . . (3Yen / 2007-08-16)
Mannequin heads as a japanese scarecrows..

Wait a minute…Barber snowmen are too, too real and scary, hee, hee, hee.

ちょっと待って、床屋の雪だるまあまりにリアル過ぎて怖いんですけどwwww pic.twitter.com/1W51jQCXCl — おだしゅん@LINE吹き飛びました (@yamanote1390) February 14, 2014

Pornstarfish … in Japan of course

Let me introduce you the pornstar of the Japan’s southernmost seas—the Choriaster granulatus. Thanks to the wonders of goofy Google Translate:

“Kawatebukuro” — Doughboy starfish
(diameter about 20cm)
The Kawatebukuro
(Kawatebukuro)starfish that live in coral reefs and sandy tropical waters.
Difference (coral food often) and starfish other, it seems mainly eat the microorganisms of the seabed.
It is the starfish still when viewed from the back side.
doughboy starfish  Granular Sea Star cushion seastar

Students perfect skills for the Japanese job market

All spiffed out in pretty pink blazers, the boys of Nippon Sports Science University show off their skills for working in the mid-20th Century. Wo0t!

Click to play video.


University Festival promotes synchronized walking in Japan
CBS News | Nov 15, 2013
….students at Nippon Sports Science University have taken walking to a whole new level …
…3 days per week the exercises to get them in shape for the dazzling performances. Their practice forced them to walking up to 1,200 kilometers (720 miles) in total – roughly the distance from Paris to Rome.
The captain of the team…23-year-old Keiko Suzuki said…
“We all mastered this highly disciplined training and made it our habit to stick to strict rules. I believe this experience will be an asset as we enter into the job market

This impressive performance of synchronized walking is called Shudankodo (集団行動), which in Japanese means “Collective Action” …sort of like the Borg Collective (Wiki).