Originally, these Buddha cones (actually Jizo cones) were an art project of Mr. Hasegawa that became a minor commercial success because they have an actual purpose.
Japan has many temples and often these undermanned places are the only open and green spots in the cities. These temples make tempting places to illegally park. Putting a “face” on these Don’t-Park-Here cones increases compliance. Also, traffic cones and barriers are placed in quiet areas that attract the endless hords of drunk salaryman looking for places to pee—Who is going to pee on Buddha, even an orange conehead one?
Previous reports of Coneheads in Japan on the 3Yen include:
After long debate, the city of Tokyo declined the naming rights offer for the ″ Tokyo Gas & Petrochemical Fish Market*.″
After long debate, new Tsukiji fish market to be called Tsukiji Fish Market (築地魚河岸)
http://t.co/9ufW91CMVU — (@Mulboyne) Oct. 6, 2015
*The-rest-of-the-story is that the new Tsukiji fish market is being built on top of the toxic waste site of Tokyo Gas Company—Tsukiji being the planet’s premier place for sushi.
Refer to The Japan Times report…
New Tsukiji site highly toxic: panel (2008/05/20):
Note that the above picture contains the farty fun slogan, “MY CITY—MY GAS©.” This was Tokyo Gas Company’s slogan that they slapped on the side of thousands of their company’s trucks here in the city. Created for the 1970 Osaka Expo for use at the Japanese Gas Industry Pavilion, the slogan was used actively until the mid-1980s and it is still found in various versions today such as ‘myTokyoGas’ shown below.
Refer to 3Yen / 2008-09-24 : MY CITY—MY GAS©
″ HAPPY″ in Fujisawa just south of Yokohama…
Previous spurious reports″ HAPPY″ in Japan on the 3Yen include:
Automatic driving “robot taxi” is coming to a town near you in Japan.
国家戦略特区で自動運転の実験小泉進次郎氏「できるとこからガンガンやる」—Yuri Kageyama on Twitter Oct. 2, 2015
MONOist / 2015-Oct-2 (ç)
…Automatic-driving technologies for “taxi robots” are coming to a town near you in Japan. The government has decided on national strategic zones for self-driving taxis…The first zone will in Kanagawa Prefecture just outside Yokohama in the city of Fujisawa. Plans are for passenger tests on about 3km of the main road of the beach district of the Shonan shoreline…
…in these tests “robot taxis” will drive autonomously but there will be a human driver that can manually override the robot’s system for safety.
Here’s a new article in English with more/better details than goofy Google Translate.
Quartz (2015-Oct-2): Japan is experimenting with driverless, robot taxis
Previous hi-tech taxi reports on the 3Yen include:
When I saw the above photo of the yakuza gangster on the Tokyo Reporter , I could think of only one thing:
← MUKKU, the best friend of Gachapin in a popular Japanese children’s program “Hirake! Ponkiki” (3Yen 2009-07-21).
Previous reports the ↑ Mysterious Duo ↑ on the 3Yen include:
Yesterday was Magnet Day in Japan.
October 1st = 10/1 = 十/一, which is like the “plus” and “minus” signs found on batteries.
That is, the Japanese kanji for the number 10 is “十” (ju) and the number 1 is “一 ” (ichi).
More on Japanese numbers at: omniglot.com/language/numbers/japanese
The rest-of-the-story about the Santa suits and the Christmas colors of red and green, is that Amakusa Airlines—Japan’s smallest airline*—has outfitted their planes with plush red leather seating and green accents such as seat-belts. Somewhere along the line in the design process someone quipped that the airplane is in “Christmas colors”—Everyone laughed and the boss said, “Go with it!”
So they put their local mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamon, in a Santa suit and they slapped his image all over the planes as this Youtube video shows.
A few of the many previous 3Yen reports of Kumamon’s flights of fancy include:
It’s the little details that make living in Japan so entertaining. In this case “Sands” is an abbreviation of the possessive “Sandwich’s” rather than “Sandwiches,” the plural of all the fun “Fungus Rice” between slices of bread they’re selling.
I’m sure that John Montagu, Fourth Earl Sandwich*, would have approved.
Previous Japanese “Sand” reports on the 3Yen include:
Must be JAPAN!
Shibuya flushes away stained reputation of having filthy toilets
Asahi News Sept. 26, 2015
…once derided a restroom in the young people’s fashion district of Harajuku as “the world’s dirtiest,” today it has been cleaned up and transformed into the “Sushi Ninja Toilet.”
The once-filthy toilet was “adopted” by Genco Inc., an anime production company…and its Sushi Ninja character is now plastered on the exterior…more…
A few of the dozens of 3Yen reports of Japan’s ″ unique″ toilet technology include:
Tokyo cops arrest man for adding Hitler moustaches to Abe posters
Tokyo Reporter | 2015-Sep-27
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday announced the arrest of a 71-year-old man…Takeshi Muto is alleged to have used an oil-based pen to draw a narrow moustache, very similar to that made famous by Adolf Hitler, on an image of Abe appearing on a poster hanging on a fence inside a parking lot in…Machida City
The elderly vandal admitted to police his guilt saying that, ″ in considering the current government, it was unavoidable.″
The rest-of-the-story is that Japan’s current Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has undemocratically rammed through changes to the Japanese Constitution in the past weeks and supports “revisionist” histories of WWII in school textbooks and the press (the Japanese equivalent of Holocaust denying).
Previous 3Yen reports about the already conservative Japan’s shift to right-wing extremism on the include: