KFC Japan’s boneless chicken mascot
>James Simpson @jamesinjapan >March 27, 2015
Mo’ boneless fun!
(via KFC Japan)
Japetella prismatica from the Report on the Cephalapoda of the H.M.S. Challenger, one of the earliest worldwide oceanographic expeditions
From the Report on the Cephalapoda H.M.S. Challenger during the Years 1873-76 (online complete collection)
Starbucks wannabe, the specialty coffee retailer Tully’s Coffee* seems to have competition in Japan—“Publly’s Coffee,” which is robo-brewed and dispensed from up-scale vending machines in Japanese highway service areas. Publly’s robo-baristas inside the machines do a remarkably good job of making a “custom” cup coffee and fitting it with cover for a mere 100 ¥en ($0.82 USD).
Now it spreads all over to our culture, society, and history. And, it represents our affordable life and peaceful time. IT IS COFFEE.
PUBLIC VEND SERVICE
Half-American Ariana Miyamoto is Miss Universe Japan 2015
20-year-old Ariana Miyamoto, a part-time worker and a daughter of a black American father and Japanese mother became the first ever bi-racial winner of Miss Universe Japan. She is from Sasebo City, home of Japan’s important naval base in Kyushu...more...
According to Wikipedia, Ariana went to high school in the United States which makes her the most “international” of Japan’s Miss Universe offerings in a long time. She is described as, passionate about bikes and desires to buy a Harley Davidson if she wins a lottery someday.
The dead bag lady look is the latest new look from the Japan’s top fashion house, Comme des Garçons, at Paris Fashion Week.
Comme des Garçons swaddles models infabric cocoons for Autumn Winter 2015
dezeen.com / 11 March 2015
…Japan’s Comme des Garçons’ Autumn Winter 2015 collection shown at Paris Fashion Week…
Kumamon (くまモン), the screwball mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture, was born on March 12, 2010 Kumamon – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
My name is “Kumamon” and I was born in the wake of the Kyushu Shinkansen whole line opening of March 2011.
Just can’t hide!
— くまモン【公式】 (@55_kumamon) January 29, 2015
— くまモン【公式】 (@55_kumamon) February 9, 2015
FamilyMart, UNY Group in merger talks
The Yomiuri Shimbun / March 06, 2015
Convenience store chain FamilyMart Co. and … UNY Group’s Circle K Sunkus Co. chain…to be operated in Japan under the envisaged merger will likely rival that of industry giant Seven-Eleven Japan Company …blah, blah, blah…
So many names—Does anybody have any name ideas?
Mulboyne writes (March 6, 2015):
The ancient Japanese tradition of pole dancing performed in front of Nijo Castle for the Parasophia arts festival in Kyoto.
About: “Parasophia”—the Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015 is the first large-scale international exhibition of contemporary art to be held in Kyoto.
Performance: Miwa Yanagi’s Stage Trailer Project “Pole Dance Show on Stage Trailer”
Previous 3Yen reports the plague of pole dancing in Japan include:
…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…