Japanese Ambassador-to-the World, Hello Kitty, tries to mellow out* China by selling fruity beer.
Say Hello Alcoholism with the official Hello Kitty Beer
io9.com | 2013sep
…new line of Hello Kitty beer just released in China. They're only half the alcohol content of regular beer, and come in six fruit flavors, including lemon-lime, passion fruit and banana.
A banana-flavored, half-alcoholic beer sounds like some kind of horrific torture device to me… I try not to drink beverages or eat food marketed by characters without mouths. It just seems unwise to me…
*China and Japan have hated each other for centuries. Right now they fighting over a bunch of bird-poop-covered rocks in the South China Sea next to Taiwan (3Yen / 2005-02-01) , but they are always squabbling over something.
. . • Chinese climb Mt Fuji & unfurl ‘Fuji belongs to China’ banner!’
. . . . (3Yen / 2012-10-05)
. . • China vs Japan, non-sequitur
. . . . (3Yen / 2009-09-27)
. . • Ishihara to build power plant 1,740km from downtown
. . . . (3Yen / 2005-02-01)
Tip of the hat to the Alternative Asian News TV Tube Online Videos & Photos Blog for this Hello Kitty beer story idea.
← Besides the Juiced Japanese eyeball soft-drink (3Yen / 2006-07-13) shown on the left, previous 3Yen reports giving further proof of how much Japanese love eyeballs include:
• Kyary Pamyu Pamyu pukes eyeballs
(3Yen / 2012-07-14)
• GIANT MUTANT EYEBALLS PROTEST NUCLEAR POWER
(3Yen / 2012-02-10)
• Eyeballs я Us
(3Yen / 2006-07-13)
• Japan’s Eyeballed Eggplant vs their traditional AnusEyeball
(3Yen / 2013-07-08) ↓
Japanese road contraction and traffic barriers are fun, according to long-time 3Yen reader ‘MARKed TRAIL.’
via MARKed TRAIL
Other fun posts we have had about Japanese construction include:
• O Tannenbaum… (3Yen / 2007-12-18)
• Road Construction Robo-Mannequins (3Yen / 2006-09-10)
• Robo-Patrolman’s Love Call (youtube / Pongi-GuyJean )
See more Japanese road construction “art” in the Comments below.
For decades Japan has been crawling with headhunters!
That is, thousands of tourist destinations in Japan have these signboards with face cut-outs for taking pictures called Kaodashi(3Yen 2009-09-11).
However, the krazy Kumamon*, Japan’s No. 1 loose-character† mascot has taken these ‘face-in-hole’ boards to a higher level.
Read more about the Japanese Culture of Kaohame-Kaodashi (alicegordenker.wordpress.com | 2012/09/19).
To all our readers in the USA, have a happy 4th of July with these Japanese fireworks…
More via Google Images.
In case you were wondering, fireworks are legal in Japan, but …continues…
For more retro fireworks packaging from the USA, check out the great post by i-mockery.com: The Unappreciated Art of Firecracker Labels.
Right now the rain is coming down hard in Tokyo so I thought I would post something apropos for the Rainy Season…
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Titled “Ginza Rain,” the illustration above is a detail from the cover of Showa Magazine—the July 1951 issue of that short novel magazine. Oddly in the background, the writing on the neon ads in the background is reversed.
Speaking of clothing more useless than Japanese rain coats for Labrador Retrievers (3Yen 2007-07-15)….
….check out, DO YOU KNOW WHAT A GAY RAINCOAT IS? at Gay Raincoats: P0rn’s Most Searched Words (xoJane.com / 2013 June 06) where you can also learn about the mysteries of “ASMR naked” and “ASMR bang fest.”
From the side of a London double-decker bus, the magician Dynamo ‘levitates’ Japanese tourists making them squeal in traditional Japanese girlie fashion as you can see at the 23-second point of the video below…
How magician Dynamo levitated on a London bus
Herald Sun — newscom.au / June 26, 2013
After footage showing him to be “hovering” on the side of a double-decker bus hit the headlines…all seems fairly legit, as he rises above the ground and levitates, holding onto the bus as it rides along the streets…
…So, how’d he do it?…it’s fairly simple, really.
Spotted parked in the garage of a small Tokyo company is one of their delivery trucks in full-dress as the “Yatter-wan” robot of the old TV anime, Yatterman…
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—Yatterman (ヤッターマン) is a Japanese anime television series broadcast from January 1, 1977 to January 27, 1979. Shown in photo above is “Yatter-Wan”, a dog-shaped all-terrain rescue robot belonging to the main character, Gan-chan aka Gan Takada.
In the anime, Gan-chan is a 13-year-old boy whose father is a famous toy designer who failed to complete the Yatter-Wan. Gan-chan is an expert in mechanics, and he helps fix his father’s dream design. He forms a fighting team with his girlfriend Ai, and names himself “Yatterman-1.”
Yatterman — Wikipedia (source)
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What are all these rabbits doing front an empty Japanese hotel?
Would you believe the bunnies are escaping an abandoned chemical warfare plant?
The photo was taken in what is now an island park called Okunoshima located in the Inland Sea of Japan in Hiroshima Prefecture (see map below).
However, from 1925 to 1945 the island was a top secret chemical weapon facility (R) that produced over six kilotons of mustard gas and tear gas. Now Okunoshima is an island with a hotel, a six-hole golf course and a camp ground. When the island was developed as a park after World War II, these rabbits were intentionally set loose. Many rabbits were used in the chemical munitions plant to test the effectiveness of the chemical weapons during World War II (Wiki).
• Background information via:
• Details at uta-jima.com (goofy Goggle Translate)
Paradise of rabbit Okunoshima photos, video & information