Eyes are watching you

In the 1960s, Japan’s “Camera Magazine” published photos these ophthalmologist eyes signboards…

eye-of-screw-tainam 60年代には日本のカメラ雑誌でも写真が掲載されていたらしいから、そこで見たのかな? (Google Translate) http://cyberisland.teldap.tw/graphyer/photo/…

The photo was taken by the Taiwanese photographer Wang Shuangqua/王双全” (1920-1978) but it became
screw← the eye of the Japanese manga Nejishiki (“Screw”) and then underwent various iterations such as…

parody絵のお仕事まだまだ募集しております⊂((・x・))⊃! pic.twitter.com/HYZlFMvJeJ— ぢぬすな子 (@dinusuna) March 19, 2016

Also notice that on these billboards the asian eyelashes are correctly represented as really short (3Yen / 2015-02-18). eyes^2


A few of our many previous eyeball reports include:



Japanese winter solstice <yawn>

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

Rockin’ Godzilla and friends

Godzilla and friends know how to liven up any party…

gozilla-rocksmadeline 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:


‘Weird’ Japan vs ‘Normal’ Japan

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.

  What does a normal day in Japan look like?
  Turning Japanese blog by Andrew C | 2015/July1-6_normal-japan
  13-15_normal-Japan View the full-sized photos on the turningjapanese.org

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.”

Fake sunken pillboxes under Japan’s coast

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…

left_quoter_14x24Sunken Pillboxes Guarded Jap Coast right_quoter_13x24
Modern Mechanix magazine / March, 1947

Japanese Hat Parasol

Now that Japan’s horrid, torrid Dog Days* are full force, I’ll present…

sidebar-quote long Japanese Hat Parasol in Place with Ribbed Edge Extending Well over Wearer’s Shoulders
Hat-Parasol-Japanesevia Mostly Forbidden Zone (tumblr)



Japanese ‘London–Paris’ eyes


‘London–Paris’ eyes / ロン — パリの目 / Ron Pari no me is obscure but amusing Japanese slang (3Yen 2010-09-26) describing someone with eyes pointing in opposite directions.

Having crossed eyes and odd eye orientations is a common malady in Japan. It’s a “Push–Pull” situation.
    Push—Bad vision is a genetic trait in Japanese caused by shallow eye sockets.
    Pull—Japanese do not bother to correct is problem because: they think it’s cute, Japan medicine ignores it, correcting deformities has poor culture acceptance, Japanese Buddhism frowns on “cutting” the body, and Japanese people have high inertia to changing anything.

Cinco De Mayo!

Today is Japanese “Cinco De Mayo”!


Learn more about Japanese Kewpie mayonnaise in our previous reports:


Toothy LION and the crossdressing Nanking Bomber Corps

1932 LION brand toothpaste advertising from the lead-up to WWII:

The women-to-men-crossdressing Takarazuka Revue (3Yen 2012-04-20) had fun with the “Nanking* Bomber Corps” in the advert of the Asahi Shimbun newspaper of November 4, 1937 shown below.


Learn more about the Nanking Massacre AKA Rape of Nanking (Wiki).


Japetella but not Japanese

Japetella prismatica from the Report on the Cephalapoda of the H.M.S. Challenger, one of the earliest worldwide oceanographic expeditions
From the Report on the Cephalapoda H.M.S. Challenger during the Years 1873-76 (online complete collection)

I was all jazzed that this Japetella prismatica was Japanese octopus.
Sadly on page 108 of the Report, I learned it was named after “Japetus Steenstrup,” an early weeaboo wannabe.