Japanese men march in protest the lack of Valentine gift chocolates

Valentine’s Day is when men judge their worth by the number of boxes of chocolate aka “choko” they receive from women at their Japanese workplace.

Pulverize Valentine’s Day Protest!
A Person’s Worth is Not Measured by the Number of Chocolates Received!
Shingetsu News Agency | 12 Feb 2018

no-love

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Basically, Valentine’s Day is the real measure of your worth in a Japanese company, so CHOKO—Are you gettin’ any?

 





Japan’s ugliest mascot

 
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Public Domain, Link

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.
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Our previous reports of Japan’s overfishing include:

 


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Japan’s first mascot?

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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).

—Idea via @zogu8011 and @TokyoFashion .

 

My previous reports of goofy loose character mascots and goofier geisha include:

 



 


Wood-fired, hi-tech Tokyo

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by Chris 73 / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

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).

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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.

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Previously, I posted about sento baths in:

 


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Best Korea throws another great parade

The intercontinental missile, the Hwasong 14 on its mobile launcher was the biggest hit at the Best Korea military parade.
abcnews.go.com…north-korea-stages-military-parade-eve-olympics…

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But those party animals of the North Korean part elders having tea party while ICBMs roll by is the real “money shot”, hee, hee.
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A few of our many reports of Japan’s best buddy, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea include:

 


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Bukakkei Snow Monsters of Zao Japan

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Japan’s Ski Mascot Grand Prix…Last year’s winner was a stalactite named Jukki-kun, one of Zao Onsen Ski Resort
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Pedantic alert:

“…a stalactite named Jukki-kun..of Zao Onsen Ski Resort…”

Ok the first problem is that StalacTITES hold tight to the ceiling—Stalagmites might grow to meet them.

But actually, Jukki-kun is a “Juhyo” (樹氷) Snow Monster—a snow formation of built up as snow-&-ice that condensed upon the conifers of Zao Mountain.
Zao snow monsters

mondomascots-logo-twitter I thought it was a stalagmite but it is a snow-covered tree. Or a
used condom.

Definitely he’s a “used condom”…and a bukkake party monster.

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Our previous reports of the snow creatures of Japan include:

 


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Japanese tech — Wood knives

Strict Japanese weapon laws sadly force folks to use odd-tech…wood knives, ha, ha.

 
Our previous reports of hi-tech Japanese weapons include:

 



‘No bouding port’ …huh?

As seen in Tokyo’s Shibuya Station…

 

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…the worst attempt at English to ever grace the streets of Tokyo. # engrish # Shibuya # 渋谷駅 # もう無理
#Brad‏ @ich1yenthoughts | 11 Jan 2018

 

 

No bouding port the platform
Amoing torans only

(—Stairs are for deboarding passengers only—)

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Other fun examples of Japanese signage include:

 


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Ninja Newman

Important reminder that, being dead, Paul Newman does not personally approve the graphic design choices for his salad dressing bottles. @jesticide January 17, 2018

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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.

via Ninja Newman – news.3yen.com | reincarnated.

 


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Fartista

 

Try our methane treatment.

— Astronaut / Lurker (@Shiroki_Alex) June 28, 2017

 

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Shhhhhh.
Don’t tell Fartista’s “SEACRET.”

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In the same vein as the Fartista shop, a few of our fart-ful, fashion reports of hair salons have included: