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The new Japanese monkfish mascot “Ankimo” could be more properly described as “Eat-Me-While-You-Can kun“.
The name “Eat-Me-While-You-Can” is due to the popularity of ankimo liver, is wildly overfished in neither a sustainable or ethical way in Japan (or worse China), grrrr.
Our previous reports of Japan’s overfishing include:
Here’s maybe the “first” loose character (ゆるキャラ) mascot of Japan, Yukidaruma-chan OG (雪ダルマちゃんOG).
The snowman/girl was made of cotton balls and wears a laid-back hemp headband. The snowgirl mascot was posed on fake snow in a photography studio with five hangyoku/geisha including the celebrity, Sakae (in yellow) from Tokyo’s hinky Shitaya district (circa 1910).
My ward of Tokyo, Ota-ku, has as the largest concentration* of sento, Japan’s traditional bathhouses (Wiki).
More interesting is that here in “hi-tech” Tokyo, Ota Ward still has many wood-fired bathhouses.
As you can see below in the photos, my local sento/bathhouse has large smokestack (without any pollution controls).
Shown below (just left of the “KID” graffiti) is the wood-fired boiler for the hot baths. The boiler is fueled by wood scrap from Tokyo’s constant, 20-30 year cycle of demolition of craphousing.
Previously, I posted about sento baths in:
Important reminder that, being dead, Paul Newman does not personally approve the graphic design choices for his salad dressing bottles. @jesticide January 17, 2018
Actually, Ninja Newman really does approve the graphic design choices for his salad dressing bottles.
In case you were wondering what the big deal is, Newman’s “ninja” outfit and hachimaki/headband have Chinese dragons embroidered and his back-worn, dual katana/swords are all sorts of tacky. Basically, the label is an embarrassment at best and to many (but not me) cultural misappropriation.