Tomorrow is “Ocean Day,” a Japanese national holiday (3Yen / 2015-07-20). To get you in a holiday mood, here are a few reverent thoughts of Japan’s seaside holy Concrete Tetrapods would be apropos.
A reader’s email commenting about terapods:
>I think there are called dolosse.
Wow. You learn something every day.
South Africa claims concrete tetrapods were invented in 1963 for use in Cape Town, and that the Afrikaans word for tetrapod is dolosse.
However according to The Japan Times, in 1950, the Laboratoire Dauphinois d’Hydraulique in Grenoble, France first made them for erosion control.
Looking around at the history of of concrete, basically, nobody invented them–they spontaneously appeared from outer space in the early 1950s around the same time as the UFO sightings, ha, ha.
To quote Alex Kerr author of “Dogs and Demons: Tales from the Dark Side of Japan” (Hill and Wang, 2001):
These projects are mostly unnecessary or worse than unnecessary. It turns out that wave action on tetrapods wears the sand away faster and causes greater erosion than would be the case if the beaches had been left alone.
Surfers and naturalists (and anybody sane) hate the tetrapods because over time they erode away all sand on beaches and destroy the beach habitat creating a concrete dead zone, arrrg.
Our previous reports of Ocean-cum-Marine Day/Umi no Hi include:
“Derpus Maximus,” a frequent contributor to the 3Yen wrote in to ask:
Q: Who is this "Prince" and why give a puce puck about "プリンス" when most that comes up in google japan are crappy cats?
A: "プリンス" (Prince-san) is a favorite character in the Nekatosume moblie game app in Japan and the The Artist Formerly Known as the Artist Formerly Known as Prince and Now Known as Prince Again was never big-in-Japan. Likewise, Prince was never is longer big on Japan. (There is no Prince playing on Tokyo radio stations—Japan MTV and the other half dozen music television stations are totally ignoring his death, unlike the big deal made here for the death of David Bowie last January.)
He only came to Japan a few times—the last being in in September of 1996 as shown in the photo of him at Narita Airport.
How to get your own seat on Tokyo’s
← overcrowded trains of the Yamamote Line.
山手線 — ヨッピー (@yoppymodel) Apr. 7, 2016 Translation: The Guardian of the Yamanote Line
For many years, Mr. Cloudy Bongwater† has solved the problem of finding a seat on crowded Tokyo trains. The Japanese call the “Train Hammock Gaijin/foreigner“—Read the Japanese accounts of The Mystery of “Uncle Hammock” on the train (google translate)
Other Prior Art reports for extreme seating on Tokyo trains include:
Today is Good Friday in Japan, but Shinto-Buddhist Japanese are a bit confused on how to celebrate.
Previous reports of the Crucifixion include:
As a matter of public policy, fat-shaming is the law in Japan…and I’m big outlaw*…
Japan doesn't sugar coat clothing sizes.
—Turning Japanese (@TurningJapanesa) Feb. 22, 2016
*I’m 210 lbs, 6 foot 1 inch (95 kg / 185 cm) I used to get nagged at work by my bosses about me being sumo size. →
(Professional sumo has a size minimum of 173 cm and 75 kg or 5ft 7in / 165 lbs.) .
Japan’s `Metabo law´ (METABOlic syndrome) states that people must stay below a government-mandated waistline of 35.4 inches (90cm) for men and 33.5 inches (85cm) for women, which is policed through an annual mandatory health check up.
Companies with more than a certain percentage of over-the-waist-limit employees are slapped with a fine. Overweight employees must attend “re-education camps” aka counselling sessions, and they are subjected to monitoring. Fatsos can be denied promotion and even be demoted as part of their performance review.
Previous 3Yen reports of Japan’s debu/fatso folk include:
Q: What happens when you mistake “Pollen Guard EX” allergy cream for Japanese SuperGlue®?
A: Strong, fast-acting, Cyanoacrylate adhesive sure does a hell of a better job than wimpy anti-pollen nasal cream.
Here’s couple of dubious Japanese products: anti-pollen cream and soap…
We offer “Pollen Guard EX” anti-pollen cream and “Muse” medical soap in order to meet the changing customers’ demands by utilizing our advanced development capabilities and technologies.
—via Commodity products | Company Profile | Earth Chemical Co., Ltd..
Previous reports of the horrors of pollen in Japan include:
Today is Thanksgiving Day in America but in Japan…
You’ve been waiting impatiently and here they are: The famous giraffes of Christmas!
Vous les attendiez avec impatience et les voilà: les fameuses girafes de Noël!
Gamera, ″ Friend of All Children,″ just wants to be left alone to eat his pineapple in peace.
The kaiju/monster Gamera has appeared on the 3Yen many times including:
• Gamera camera (3Yen / 2014-03-24/)
• Gamera captured in Tokyo’s Ginza! (3Yen / 2006-04-25)
• ‘Turtles can fly’ premieres in Japan (3Yen / 2005-07-27)
• Nagasaki’s mutant Crocotutle scare ↓ (3Yen / 2010-08-13)
To celebrate Jizo Bon, on August 22 & 23rd, people make a pilgrimage to Ono-no-Takamura's six Jizo that are arranged in a vast circle around the city of Kyoto.
The ‘Rokujizo Meguri’ (六地蔵巡り) nowadays begins with Fushimi-jizo, moving counter-clockwise to Toba-jizo, Katsura-jizo, Tokiwa-jizo, Kuramaguchi-jizo, and Yamashina-jizo.
More significantly, nowadays these Jizo are the guardian deity of aborted fetuses.
Since Jizo are the guardian deity of aborted fetuses, a nice stroll among thousands of Jizo at a temple is not a great idea for a first date with a young Japanese lady who you may want to bed later in the evening.
So, you’re going to take an August vacation in Japan? Don’t.
Cue Good Morning, Vietnam
— What’s the weather like out there?
It’s hot. Damn hot! Real hot! Hottest things is my shorts. I could cook things in it. A little crotch pot cooking.
— Well, can you tell me what it feels like.
Fool, it’s hot! I told you again! Were you born on the sun? It’s damn hot! I saw – It’s so damn hot, I saw little guys, their orange robes burst into flames. It’s that hot! Do you know what I’m talking about.” What do you think it’s going to be like tonight? “It’s gonna be hot and wet! That’s nice if you’re with a lady, but it ain’t no good if you’re in the [concrete] jungle.