The savior of lazy news reporter at deadline who is supposed to be covering Japan is a quick story is SQUARE WATERMELONS (Wiki).
Square watermelon shipments begin in western Japan city
Kyodo News | 2017-June-28
Square-shaped watermelon shipments began Wednesday in a western Japan city where the product has become widely known for its rarity and is attracting interest even from overseas.
The watermelons shipped from Zentsuji on Japan’s Shikoku main island are not edible
and purchased generally as ornaments…
Square Watermelons ‘All the Rage’ in Japan (not) (news.3yen.com/2014-06-29/square-watermelons-all-the-rage-in-japan-not)
‘Deko’ melons of Japan (news.3yen.com/2011-03-11/deko-melons-of-japan)
How do you like these melons? (news.3yen.com/2009-06-14/how-do-you-like-these-melons)
Godzilla Eggs < (news.3yen.com/2005-09-05/dynamite-vs-godzilla-eats)
A few of our many other reports of square watermelons include:
Meri Kurisumasu (メリークリスマス) aka XXX Merry Christmas from the love-Hotel Chapel Christmas…
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According to DingisMcGee’s youtube, ‵‵Hotel Chapel Christmas near Narita International Airport is where Santa takes his ‘Hoe Hoe Hoe’ in Japan.″
Hotel Chapel Christmas says it’s, ‵‵Designed for adults only…guests can unwind and relax in the spacious [Christmassy] environment…″
Our previous Christmassy reports of Japan include:
Today is Pearl Harbor Day* from the current Japanese perspective (Wiki).
このイラストが大好きで — 部屋に飾っています(*^^*) — スギモトカステン (@kuromedakaf14) 2016-03-16
Previous “Pearly” posts on the topic of December 7th include:
Happy Hallowmas? Merry Christmasween?
Here’s a fun Japanese cultural fusion of Halloween ghosts with Charlie Brown’s favorite Christmas tree.
Our previous reports of Japanese mixups with holidays include:
Merry Christmas Wieners!
In the 1960s, Japan’s “Camera Magazine” published photos these ophthalmologist eyes signboards…
The photo was taken by the Taiwanese photographer Wang Shuangqua/王双全” (1920-1978) but it became
← the eye of the Japanese manga Nejishiki (“Screw”) and then underwent various iterations such as…
Also notice that on these billboards the asian eyelashes are correctly represented as really short (3Yen / 2015-02-18).
A few of our many previous eyeball reports include:
Today is the Winter Solstice—called “ Touji“—the 22nd of December*, which is the shortest day and the longest night of the year.
And, what do you do on the winter solstice in Japan?
Obviously, get naked and bathe in yuzu-oranges with Japan’s most annoying video-blogger…
Learn all the <yawn> cultural </yawn> details on Touji/冬至 at: iromegane.com/…22nd-of-december-is-touji-in-japan
Godzilla and friends know how to liven up any party…
Back to the things I love. Rocking out with my friends… —Madeline (@emadelineroy) Nov. 28, 2015
A few of the many previous party-Godzilla reports on the 3Yen include:
People who live in Japan groan (actually Japanese suck air through their teeth rather than groan) about the lame observation that, “Japan is weird.”
People are weird.
In that context, the so-called [ab]normal-day-in-Japan photos below actually are quite normal.
Most of the above photos are just a normal-day-in-Japan, if you understand that they are intentionally meant to be strange for advertising and artistic reasons.
Specifically (with links to previous 3Yen posts of the original photos):
- Photos 1 and 2 are just unusual but “normal” enough enough product adversing displays.
- Photo 3 is Chinese (with Chinese writing on the Coke bottle hats).
- Photo 4 of a lady walking her pig is rare but possible—I see the Chicken-on-his-head Man and the Live-Goldfish-Earrings Man most weekends.
- Photo 5 is abnormal.
- Photo 6 is “normal” everyday occurrence in Chiba (just east of Tokyo) were “Batman” commutes. (3Yen / 2015-01-12)
- Photo 7 is a movie promotion but Japan has several “normal” permanent mecha statues. (3Yen / 2010-06-03)
- Photo 8 is a “normal” cosplay contest (3Yen / 2007-11-30).
- Photo 9 is a “normal” performance artist, Omaru Uwabaki, who performs every weekend in Machida. (3Yen / 2011-01-27)
- Photo 10 is a “normal” summer promo display–KFC Japan dresses the Colonel for Xmas, Halloween, etc. as well as giving him a sex change occasionally. (3Yen / 2010-09-09)
- Photo 11 is a “normal” failed product test–Japanese think pancakes are a dessert (cakes).
- Photo 12 is a “normal” mainstream science museum exhibit, which runs every school summer vacation period. The Japanese (like Germans) love everything poop related. (3Yen / 2014-07-08)
- Photo 13 is a “normal” attention-seeking, performance artist. (Rocketnews24 2014/02/22)
- Photo 14 is a “normal” Coca Cola advertising promotion that ran for a couple a weeks a few years ago. Refer to:
Coke machine robo-babe (3Yen 2007-09-2)
- Photo 15 is a “normal” Mario Go-kart rental business for tourists–an everyday sight in Tokyo. (kotaku.com)
So to recap the fun, five photos are just advertising promotions, two are of performance artists, one is Chinese not Japanese, and only one is “abnormal.”
Since today is Loser Day—August 15, 1945—Japan’s day of surrender of WWII, I’ll present this bit of fake post war trivia…
Sunken Pillboxes Guarded Jap Coast
Modern Mechanix magazine / March, 1947
Now that Japan’s horrid, torrid Dog Days* are full force, I’ll present…
Japanese Hat Parasol in Place with Ribbed Edge Extending Well over Wearer’s Shoulders
via Mostly Forbidden Zone (tumblr)