School daze cosplayz in Japan…
(The above photos are cosplaying of over 18 year old Japanese women.)
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!
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).
The shortest skirts worn by Japanese schoolgirl are found in Kyoto—averaging 27 cm (10½ iinches) above the knee according to this “scientific” study that was broadcast recently on Japanese TV.
When the always-delightful friend of the 3Yen, Yuumi-chan, sent the above TV screenshot to me this morning. She added that the survey was wrong because, “Typically, this is the shortest.” ↓
Nikko Monkey Corps disbands
—Foreign monkey men have returned home, nuclear accident blamed—
Mainichi Newspaper / August 16, 2013 (goofy Google Translate)
The final curtain is dropping on the Nikko Monkey Corps (nikko saru gundan), the famous monkey school in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture at the end of the year because lack of foreign trainers. Nikko Monkey Corps had been highly visited theme park…but after Fukushima nuclear accident the foreign trainers abruptly ran back to their homeland. In addition, the Monkey Corps was aging thus making training difficult…
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…after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident, there was a shortage foreign trainers since they all returned home. To teach the monkey tricks difficult and monkeys can be gay, was aging [sic]. (loose Google Translation)
As I have said many times before here on the 3Yen: “Saru mo ki kara ochiru!”….
Previous monkeying around on the 3Yen include such fun as:
• Shaft up her monkey’s butt… (3Yen / 2012-03-15)
• Swinging Shibuya Monkey Girls! (3Yen / 2007-02-17)
• Panky, Panky, Panky… ↓ (3Yen / 2007-09-09)
Den4, the 3Yen’s correspondent-at-large, reports:
Sending kids to permanent brain damage.
The rest-of-the-story according to the Nikkei Business news in the Comments section…
Not only does this robot claim to have the conversational skills of a five-year-old, its nose grows better than Mastro Geppetto’s brainchild*.
Japanese elementary school enrolls robot exchange student
gizmag.com | Feb.9, 2012
A new research program is underway in Japan which will introduce fifth graders to a 1.2 meter tall communication robot called Robovie over a period of 14 months. Researchers at the International Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute (ATR) say Robovie has the conversational skills of a five-year-old, which they hope to improve through daily interactions with the children…more…
For years here on the 3Yen and in the regular press (BBC and The Independent), I have railed against Japan’s useless anthropomorphic robots (3Yen / 2010-10-15) and wanking automation (3Yen / 2007-08-01 | See right. →).
Also check out our report: JPN robots fail to help in the nuclear Meltdown (3Yen / 2011-04-05)
So you might ask, “What is it like to teach English in Japan?” Rather than just referring to teach.3yen.com and work.3yen.com to learn about the getting a job in Japan, why not check out the fun of teaching Teddy Bear English —a six part Youtube series?
To learn more about the fun that can be had teaching engrish in Japan, refer to the following news.3Yen reports:
• Thousands of foreign engrish teachers hit Japan’s streets (3Yen / 2010-04-22)
• Good riddens to bad engRish (3Yen / 2010-12-03)
• A bad case of engRish lessons (3Yen / 2007-12-12)
• “Thinking of teaching in Japan? Don’t bother” (Amen!) (3Yen / 2006-03-02)
• 90% of engRish teachers in Japanese schools are incompetent (3Yen / 2005-07-18)
Japan school trains wannabe “Santa-sans“
Reuters | Nov/ 27, 2012
… Tokyo’s Santa Claus Academy, which trains St. Nicks in a country with little Christian tradition and a Christmas that’s far more retail than religion.
On a recent weekend, 88 Santa wannabes packed the school in Tokyo’s fashionable Roppongi district for a crash course in how to behave as “Santa-san“…more..
★ Santa with lunch at the Italian restaurant “Sabatini”
A Santa Claus costume is provided during the class (free gift)
Conditions of Participation:
People who agree with the spirit of the Academy of Santa Claus, shall play an active role in the field of each even-handedly.
You must want to be a real Santa and learn basic Santa science. You must have a True Santa longing for children.
“Todai” aka Tokyo University is considered Japan’s top university and it is well known for its onerous entrance exams. The exams for getting into Todai are so torturous that passing them generally kills the spirit of the “successful” students and turns them into drones and automatons. It is no wonder that Japan is trying to find a way to streamline the entire process by creating “Artificial Brains” that can pass the Todai entrance exam.
Fujitsu to Participate in Artificial Brain Project, “Can a Robot Pass the University of Tokyo Entrance Exam?”
Fujitsu press release | September 10, 2012
Fujitsu Laboratories and Japan's National Institute of Informatics (NII) today announced that, starting this fiscal year, Fujitsu Laboratories will participate in NII’s artificial brain project, known as “Can a Robot Pass the University of Tokyo (Todai) Entrance Exam?”, otherwise known as “Todai Robot”…
…was started in 2011 with the aim of once again bringing an integrated approach to research into artificial intelligence (AI), a field that had grown fragmented since 1980, as a way of opening new horizons. The goal of the project is to enable an artificial brain to score high marks on the test administered by the National Center for University Entrance Examinations by 2016, and to cross the threshold required for admission to Todai by 2021.
—Yasutaro Mitsui with his steel humanoid of the early 1930s