The tritest of Japanese proverbs is, The nail that sticks up gets nailed down. ().
So it is only fitting that the Tokyo Metro would warn us of the converse of this their “manners” poster of this month…
The Japanese battleship Musashi was the sister ship to the battleship Yamato and…
Imperial Japanese Navy’s Superbattleship Musashi as she appeared in mid-1944
By Alexpl, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Previous reports on the Space Battleship Yamato on the 3Yen include:
• Capt. of Space Battleship Yamato drowns (3Yen / 2010-11-08)
• Space-Battleship Steven Tyler ‘big in Japan’ (3Yen / 2010-09-23/)
• Kitty Battleship Yamato! (3Yen / 2010-06-26)
Today, March third, is Hina Matsuri–the “Doll Festival.”
Also called “Girls’ Day,” it is an unofficial holiday in Japan that offers a blessing for health and long life of girls (and gives them a once-a-year chance at playing with a very elaborate set of dolls).
Translation of main lyrics of the “ひな祭り/Hinamatsuri” song in the video above:
The dolls displayed on a tiered stage for Hinamatsuri represent O-hime-sama—the Empress and O-dairi-sama—the the Emperor. The imperial couple is followed by lower ranks of courtiers, attendants, and musicians who all decked out in traditional court dress of Japan’s Heian period. The dolls are talismans to bring luck, or amulets to absorb evil spirits and protect. For more information, refer to Wikipedia.
1,000 Ninja Wanted by the Hilton Odawara Hotel
HiltonOdawara.jp | 2015Feb22
…We will recruit 1,000 ninja who can join us for an event for both adults and children—Take part in a ninja experience on April 25 (Saturday) in Odawara”…
— Mulboyne (@Mulboyne) February 26, 2015
The newest Pocky was released on February 10th: the Pocky Kasane Maccha™. This pretzel has layered dark chocolate and bitter green tea, and it will only be available for a limited time.
Standing in a supermarket, wondering if it is too early to be buying Christmas stockings fillers. pic.twitter.com/KZGRHR7YhY
— Mulboyne (@Mulboyne) February 23, 2015
(More details at the official Pocky Street website.)
3Yen readers Mulboyne and “Choko” write:
Just when you thought Coke had the monopoly on ‘Wild Health’ (3Yen 2011-02-06)…
Breaking remarkable new ground, Japan’s Consumer Agency has ruled non-alcohol beer can be labelled a health food.
Japan’s largest newspaper, the Yomiuri Shimbun (right), reports that the courts found that the promotion of non-alcohol beer did not contribute to underage drinking. The official ruling said that breweries could label the so-called “free” beer (above left) as a help in maintaining and improving health in accordance with Japan’s Health Promotion Law. R-i-i-ight.
Alcohol-free drinks get health stamp
The Japan Times | Feb. 18, 2015
Everybody on the Japanese Internet is giggling about this awfully elongated faux-Gundam in the Philippines…
…これ、ホントなの？お次はフィリピンですかいろいろスゴいなぁw — ZIGGY (@lifeonaxis) Feb. 15, 2015
The Gundamguy blog describes this as a, Life-Size Statue of the RX-78-2 Gundam at the Jed’s Island Resort on the McArthur Highway, Calumpit, Bulacan in The Philippines. The resort has other mecha statues too [more photos].
Previous reports of funny fake Gundams on the 3Yen include:
• Gundam’s defeat (3Yen / 2010-07-0)
• China’s fake Gundam
(3Yen / 2011-01-01) →
• Full-sized ‘Flower Gundam’ for Tokyo? (3Yen / 2012-04-07)
Without all the fcuking trash and clutter, here’s what Tokyo would look like cleaned up…
Without Ads Or Billboards, Here’s What The Streets Of Tokyo Would Look Like
The Huffington Post 02/13/2015
…French graphic designer Nicolas Damiens reveals just how critical ads are to the character of a metropolis by showing how surreal the space would look without them. In his series aptly titled “Tokyo Without Ads,” Damiens strips the buzzing Tokyo streets of any and all ads. The result is nearly unrecognizable…more photos…
Previous 3Yen reports about how Tokyo looks like “Blade Runner” on a bad hair day:
• Japanese Junkspace (3Yen / 2008-06-29)
• Ill-Machine Tokyo (3Yen / 2008-01-22)
• The ‘Blade Runner’ Bubble is back! (3Yen / 2006-03-18)
Some of my Valentine’s chocolate has arrived early.
今週はバレンタインです 明日と当日はワタシもお店におりまする＾＾チョコレートプレゼント企画などもありつつ、気になるあの人へのプレゼントなら表参道FYPでね♥ –OMI / 化郎 (@OMI_KERO) 2014feb11
The basic idea is that Valentine’s Day here, Japanese girls give chocolates (and love) to guys and the guys don’t have to do much of anything*.
Anyway, here’s a Youbube of some goofy Japanese Chocolates and pink pompom Valentines.↓
You can enjoy further details about the fun of Japanese Valentine’s in my reports:
—Chocolate cock! (3Yen / 2008-01-23)
—Japanese women dump on Valentine’s chocolates (3Yen / 2006-02-14)
—Are you gettin’ any? (Japanese “Choco”) (3Yen / 2006-02-14/)
—The perfect Japanese Valentine gift: the keys to her nether regions (3Yen / 2005-02-05)
—Screwing Valentine’s Day (3Yen / 2005-02-05) ↓