Fishy flags

Today the Japanese carp banners—Koinobori—are out flying in force for Children’s Day national holiday…

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left_long quotebar 24x260pxKoinobori is a Japanese event for children…jpninfo.com/2309
On May 5th is a day for children in Japan and that season is called “Tango no Sekku” (端午の節句)http://t.co/kGks25AybW pic.twitter.com/9lsTewAfbE — Japan Info (@Japan_Info_) Feb. 23, 2015

Previous reports of Koinobori/carp banners and Children’s Day on the 3Yen include:
   • It’s my day — Boy’s Day (3Yen / 2014-05-05)
   • Japan’s carp flags are mutating! (3Yen / 2011-05-05)
   • Early morning eyes of Children’s Day (3Yen / 2007-05-05)

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Lunarly probing, Japan

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Japan plans to land rover on moon in 2018
SentinelSource.com / April 26, 2015
JAXA Japan’s space agency announced this week that the country would put an unmanned rover on the surface of the moon by 2018, joining an elite club of nations that have explored Earth’s satellite
“This is an initial step and a lot of procedures are still ahead before the plan is formally approved,” a JAXA spokesperson told reporters. If it is approved, the agency will reportedly use its Epsilon solid-fuel rocket technology to carry and deploy a SLIM probe — the acronym stands for “Smart Lander for Investigating Moon”
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snark-openThe JAXA spokesperson went on to explain that, left_quoter_14x24upon landing on the moon the SLIM moon probe will send and receive by fax* all of its data.right_quoter_13x24snark-closed

*The joke being that all Japanese companies, large and small, still rely fax machines even though they have advanced email and cloud services at their disposal.
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Carp Energy® — w0oT!~

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CARP product ranking, Hiroshima brand shop
(the official website’s bizarro translation)
the tenth place goes to Carp Energy®…this cheerful infusion drink has the “Soul of Red” which is the motto of the spirit of Hiroshima citizens in their carp-loving prefecture

And, if Carp Energy® is not enough fun for you, Hiroshima branded “Carp Wine” and “Carp beer” are available too!

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carp-uniform-One of the fun things about living in Japan but being from Chicago is that logo for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp baseball team is the Japanese-Bizarro World version of my hometown Chicago Cubs team.

Hiroshima Carp vs Chicago Cubs
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It’s a hoot to wander around Chicago on vacation wearing this Cubs-looking cap from an alternative universe that reads “CARP” on the back.

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Ok, ok, I suppose the logo of the Hiroshima Carp is just a rip-off of the Cincinnati Reds (Wiki), but I prefer telling Chicago folks that the Hiroshima CARP are Japan’s Bizarro World version of the Cubs (even though the Hiroshima CARP have been losers* forever like the Cubs).

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A few of the many previous 3Yen reports on the sillier side of sumo include:

 



Japan stinks

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As if Burger King Japan’s Whooper Whopper™ hamburger scent perfume was not weird enough.

 

syntho-perfumeThe Nose Knows: New perfumes offer broad range of scents, including…snow and dirt
Times Free Press | 2015/apr/19
the strangest comes from Japan-based Comme des Garcons Series 6: Synthetic, which gives users the chance to dab the odor of a Wild West oil boomtown behind ear lobes…the base notes include “town gas,” “grilled” cigarettes, bitumen (tar), bergamot (citrus), opoponax (balsamic, honey-like), styrax (vanilla-like) and pyrogenic (fire) …more…


Sometimes you have to wonder if fashion houses, especially Japanese ones, are just trolling us with perfume scented with burnt cigarettes, tar, and natural gas.

Previous smelly reports on the 3Yen include:

 


Green dogless dog…only in Japan

left_quoter_14x24That way madness lies. A tsukemono (pickled cucumber) dog.right_quoter_13x24
tsukemono-dogMulboyne — Mulboyne (@Mulboyne) April 17, 2015


Previous reports weird wiener reports on the 3Yen include:

 


Keio Uni. researchers want you to grow an artificial tail

Researchers from the Keio Institute of Pure and Applied Sciences (KiPAS) want to stick an artificial tail on you to study how you would adapt to brain-machine interface and become a better/cuter cyborg.
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Researchers use artificial tail to study how we adapt to brain-machine interfaces
Robohub | 2015-Apr-13tail-tale-textThe method used in this research is to observe, in the laboratory, a group of about ten people who have an artificial tail, which can drive a brain-machine interface, attached to their body…learn(ing) how to move the artificial tail, and …us(ing) it skillfully, like their own body, through trial and errormore...

Previous reports of growing cute robotic appendages on the 3Yen include:
   • Brainwave reading robotic cat ears (3Yen / 2011-05-06)
   • Mind-reading gadget (3Yen / 2014-10-03)
   • How to get Japanese tail (3Yen / 2012-09-26)
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Japanese ‘primal anxieties’?

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left_quoter_14x24Hideaki Kawashima summons primal anxieties of removable skin, made more relevant by the rise of virtual, second livesright_quoter_13x24
Exhibition at Ben Maltz Gallery
Kawashima_3 Exhibition at Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design (Los Angeles): Dusk to Dusk: Unsettled, Unraveled, Unreal


Prior Art*?

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From the 1985 film, “Brazil”, the perpetual facelift of the character Mrs. Ida Lowry played by Katherine Helmond (IMDb.com)

 



Toothy LION and the crossdressing Nanking Bomber Corps

1932 LION brand toothpaste advertising from the lead-up to WWII:
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The women-to-men-crossdressing Takarazuka Revue (3Yen 2012-04-20) had fun with the “Nanking* Bomber Corps” in the advert of the Asahi Shimbun newspaper of November 4, 1937 shown below.


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Learn more about the Nanking Massacre AKA Rape of Nanking (Wiki).