Meaningless automobile stickers—Talk about being dumb.
The Wakaba/green-leaf sticker legally means “Beware-of-new-driver” in Japan. It is a mark of shame that new drivers are happy to be rid of after the probationary period of their driver’s license is over.
Outside Japan, folks incorrectly use this “new driver” sticker to signify the owner’s love of “JDM”—Japan Domestic Market cars and car parts (3Yen / 2014-11-21).
Even worse, the wakeba/green-leaf/noob sticker is incorrectly used on “Built NOT bought” stickers in America, grrr.
Built NOT bought: The sticker that has more hype than substance
The Daily Star / May 22, 2015
bewildering concept of ‘Built NOT Bought’ amongst the tuning culture. Standard cars are ripped off their OEM power plants and steroid injected with power and torque juice by performance enthusiasts…
these enthusiasts slap on a ‘Built NOT Bought’ decal on their cars boasting the fact that their cars have been built (or rather perfected) by them as opposed to being bought in the current modified condition…more...
The 3Yen correspondent, the astute and always charming Yuumi-chan, has previously observed:
I remember the first time was in Southern California and I saw many Japanese Shoshinsha mark (初心者マーク) or Wakaba mark (若葉マーク) green leaf stickers. I wondered why so many Californians in their mid 20s were beginner drivers when most learn in high school.
Then I learned the Green Leaf stickers meant the drivers were “JDM” fans but I still couldn’t understand why they wanted to be identified as beginner drivers when they were pros driving tricked-out Japanese cars. Americans are so weird.
A PAINTED EARTHENWARE FIGURE BUST, DOGŪ
JAPAN, JŌMON PERIOD
Sotheby’s (13 May 2015): ¥190,368,693 JPY / $1,587,675 USD (hammer price with buyer’s premium)
Dogū (土偶)(lit., “clay figures”) are small humanoid figurines made during the late Jōmon period (14,000–400 BC) of Japan: Purpose unknown. (Wiki)
A few of the many previous reports Japanese alien on the 3Yen include:
Mortal enemy of Japan, Kim Jong Un of Best Korea*, dressed as the true Nuke Kid on the Block.
via tokyofashion.com: M⋅Y⋅0⋅B NYC X DAMAGE Shop at LaForet, Harajuku Tokyo
The fuckin' retards just finished tearing down the perfectly re-usable old Olympic stadium last week, and now they cannot build the hi-tech improvements for the new stadium, which was the whole the reason for building the new venue in the first place, sheesh.
With time running out, Japan to scale back stadium for 2020 Tokyo Olympics
JAPAN TODAY — May 19, 2015
Japan plans to scale back the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as the government runs short of money and time, the country’s sports minister said Monday.
Hakubun Shimomura said a planned retractable roof wouldn’t be built in time for the games, and some of the 80,000 seats would be temporary ones, according to Japanese media reports.
Shimomura, whose ministry oversees sports, education and science, made the remarks in an exchange of views with Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe. He asked if the city of Tokyo could shoulder 50 billion yen ($418 million) of the 169 billion yen construction cost. Masuzoe was non-committal…more…
Previous 3Yen reports on the boondoggle of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics include:
″ This morning our Tropical Rock Lobster molted.
It’s been about 10 months from its last molting and it has grown even larger (^^).
Here’s the lobster shown next to me (I’m 157 cm tall).″
The dead-looking guy in the photo, Mr. Gogo7188sakana, works at aquarium “Marine World — Uminonakamichi,” which is located in Kyushu’s Fukuoka City in the deep south of Japan.
The aquarium’s Tropical Rock Lobster (aka Ornate Rock Lobster, Ornate Spiny Lobster or Ornate Tropical Rock Lobster is the Panulirus ornatus (Wiki, see right)) is quite the monster of the deep, isn’t it?
Previous 3Yen reports of dead-looking Japanese stretched out next to Denizens of the Deep include:
3Yen correspondent Rob Pongi reports of the upcoming plans of Japan for 2020 Olympics and Japanese robot suits for making mega money moves.
To the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Tourists,
Welcome to Japan.
The land where both the future and the past exist together in a beautiful harmony.
We understand that you do not like the fact that you cannot use your foreign bank or credit card since we don’t have bank and credit card machines for payment of our goods and everything is paid by cash. And, even if we do have some card readers, we don’t trust foreign banks anyway. Sorry about that.
So for your upcoming trip we have invented another solution. ↘
Please enjoy your wonderful stay in Japan!
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Committee
Today the Japanese carp banners—Koinobori—are out flying in force for Children’s Day national holiday…
Koinobori 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)
Today is Japanese “Cinco De Mayo”!
Learn more about Japanese Kewpie mayonnaise in our previous reports:
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”…
The JAXA spokesperson went on to explain that, upon landing on the moon the SLIM moon probe will send and receive by fax* all of its data.
*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.
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!
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
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.
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).