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7/21/2014

Japanese baseball “sekuhara,” again

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Our report on the mascot Brisky getting frisky at a Nippon Ham Fighters baseball game (3Yen / 2005-08-20) has been an all-time favorite with readers. That is to say, sekuhara/sekuhara—the Japanese-engrish abbreviation for sexual harassment—is the national pastime in Japan like baseball.

Just recently I noticed that Brisky-kun has some real competition in the pervy department.
Move over for the hot babe “Buffalo Bell“— The new bovine kigurimi mascot of the Orix Buffaloes baseball team has proven such a sensation that she has attracted her own up-skirt problems
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sankakucomplex.com (ÑṠFW):
Buffalo Bell – And You Thought Dollers & Furries Weren’t Hot!


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6/2/2014

Battle of Japan: unauthorized Funassyi vs fake Funasshii

It’s the law in Japan—everything must have a cute mascot—a yuru-kyara / yuru-kyara japanese loose character mascot {lit. ‘loose character’ or ‘floppy mascot’} (3Yen / 2013-01-31).

Yesterday, Funabashi city’s unauthorized* mascot character, Funassyi (Wiki), who represents that city just next to Tokyo in Chiba Prefecture, got into a bit of trouble. A faux Funasshii (sic) showed up at a major event and started “playing” with children until the police noticed the mascot was behaving oddly and hinky with the kids.

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*“Unauthorized” because when the real
Funassyi visited the Funabashi City Office to be
authorized & supported officially, the Funabashi
Municipal Government refused to approve poor
Funassyi as their official character even though
it ranks No. 1 in the mascot popularity polls.
wikipedia.org/wiki/Funassyi


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6/1/2014

Japan’s genial Green Giant


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In the idyllic negi/leek fields of Tottori Prefecture, a green giant emerges from the startled earth.

The giant is 40 m tall Japanese leek-onion—negi—and he is promptly named ‘Negi-Man.’ Local citizens quickly realize that he’s a hero not a kaiju/monster—Negi-Man becomes the popular champion of the people.

But with the popularity of Negi-Man, the evil neighboring Shimane Prefecture (Wiki) becomes jealous. From Shimane Prefecture’s capital city, Matsue, a monster arises—”Mate Joe” (Mate=Matsue Jo=castle) and the battle has begun!  ↓  (Youtube)
BATTLE

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5/12/2014

Japan’s new ‘ISU-1 Grand Prix’—the Office Chair Endurance Race

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to watch 1:20 video on NHK News.

NHK W0RLD engrish | May 10, 2014
Twenty-seven teams took part in an office chair race in Naruto City in Tokushima Pref.The race saw three members of each [of the] teams taking turns to ride an office chair around a 150meter trackThe team that went around the course the most times in the length of two hours won the eventmore

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Notice how in the news video that the local mascot, “Uzushio-kun” (Whirlpool the Kid), just has to horn-in on the endurance race action even though he is famous for going nowhere fast in tight circles.
Naruto-kun office chair race animated
うずしおくん — Uzushio-kun

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5/8/2014

Scores of ‘lax characters’ in Osaka Japan put to death in prefectural putsch!

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You know your prefecture has a real image problem when all 45 of the official mascots are so unpopular that firing them all and putting mascot “Moppie” (R) in charge

Osaka to ‘fire’ character mascots that failed to earn their keep
The Asahi Shimbun | May 08, 2014
Known as “yuru kyara,” a combination of “yurui,” meaning lax, and character, they are created by municipalities, other public bodies and citizens to promote local attractions
But so far, none of the 45 mascots introduced by 21 departments of the Osaka prefectural government has had any successOsaka Prefecture’s cultural department in charge of mascot promotionrecommended Moppie, a mascot created for the 1997 National Athletic Meet held in Osaka, as the prefecture’s core charactermore
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Moppie” in charge?
Yes, you read that right. They are killing off scores upon scores of Osaka’ old said-openlax characterssaid-closed and promoting 1,072nd-ranked ‘Mopey‘—meaning sad or glum. This was the best idea Osaka Prefecture could come up with.


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5/2/2014

Goldbricking Japanese mascot…Kumamon

Kumamon, the über-popular bear mascot of Japan’s southern prefecture of Kumamoto is up to his goldbricking again, literally.
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Golden statue of Kumamon
Ky0do News | May 1, 2014
A pure gold statuette of Kumamon is unveiled by Tanaka Kikinz0ku Jewelry in Tokyo’s Ginza district. The statue, with a price tag of 1OO million yen, weighs ten kilograms and stands about 18 centimeters tall.

 

 
 

 

 

 
 
The rest-of-the-story is that the solid gold Kumamon weighs ten kilograms but costs 1OO million yen ($975,772 USD).
However, today’s price for ten kilograms of gold is 42,336,234 yen or $413,104.94 USD.
Hmmm, that seems a bit high for a gold bricker.

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Previous 3Yen reports of goofy Kumamon’s antics include:
   • Kumamon did it! (3Yen / 2014-04-13)
   • Kumamon gets crazier (3Yen / 2013-07-07)
   • Panic disordered characters in the kitchen (3Yen / 2012-11-04)
panic disordered character in the kitchen..


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4/21/2014

I’d hate to pop this Japanese official’s cherry…

Can’t help feeling there might be better ways for Yamagata’s deputy governor to promote his region’s cherries. pic.twitter.com/xVq6dOSVDv
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— Mulboyne (@Mulboyne)’s twitter | April 21, 2014
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Yamagata’s deputy governor must be a relative of former Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshio Sakaurauchi who famously introduced himself to the Washington press corps by saying, “My name is Cherry.

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Google books:
Beyond Public Speech and Symbols: Explorations in the Rhetoric of Politicians and the Media
by Christ’l de Landtsheer, Ofer Feldman
Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2000; pg. 167, para. 3


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4/15/2014

+Hanna horror

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Today’s creepy Japanese mascot is Shizuka-chan (wiki) who is shilling for Toyota’s new “fuel-sipping Passo +Hanna” eco-car model (Japan Times 2014apr14) that promises to sip your brrrains!

shizuka-chan  
  

Look closer at her,
if you dare
m0Ar!~
 
  
 
  

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Japan’s special form of costumed creepiness, the kigurumi (kigurumi), are covered in other 3Yen reports including:
   • lil’ Big Bo Peep (3Yen / 2014-04-02)
   • Old McDonalds had a farm… (3Yen / 2014-02-01)
   • Still time to stop ‘em! (3Yen / 2009-03-21)
   • New face for the new year (3Yen / 2006-12-27)


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4/13/2014

Kumamon did it!

bird_flu_text H5-type bird flu discovered at two Kumamoto farms
Japan Times | Apr. 13, 2014
The agriculture ministry announced Sunday a suspected outbreak of bird flu that killed at least 1,100 chickens at a farm in Taragi, Kumamoto Prefecture, prompting the prefectural government to order the culling of 112,000 chickensmore

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As shown in the scandalous photo below, Kumamon (3Yen / 2013-11-13) the mascot bear of Kumamoto Prefecture must have caused this outbreak of H5 Avian Flu.

No doubt that Kumamon consorting in unnatural ways with young Kumamoto chicks like “Hiyoko-chan” (R), packaged Chicken Ramen mascot.
kumamon-vs-chick-ramen

Also refer to the previous 3Yen report about Nissin Corporation’s Chikin Ramen®:
Hot, quick, [sic] chikin (3Yen / 2011-08-26)
chiken-ramen..


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4/4/2014

Cold rain falls on dinosaurs in a Tokyo back alley

In a cold rain falls on dinosaurs shivering under blue tarps in a Tokyo back alley…

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Kabukicho pic.twitter.com/TVHdvEjNZF
Tokyo Reporter (@tokyoreporter) April 3, 2014

For some reason Tokyo seems to attract all sorts of kaiju/monsters such as this dino-turtle with tusks that I spotted in the Ginza district in 2006…


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