If you meet the Buddha in the road, screw him in.
(1950s advertisement for Buddha bulbs by Hitachi Lamp)
If you meet the Buddha in the road, kill him.
(A classic “koan” in Zen practice used to provoke
the “great doubt” and to test a student’s insight.)
All the rest of my fellow aliens/gaijin are all a tither about Flashbak.com‘s Tokyo, Japan 1917-1950: Rare Images Of Love, Loathing And Life…
I see your gingerbread house, and I raise you a [gaijin-made] Gundam Optimus Prime! —(@jamieism)
Den4 the 3Yen’s correspondent-at-large writes:
♫ You better watch out / You better not cry / Better not pout / I’m telling you why / Goji-chan is coming to town… ♪ ♬
Not to be mistaken with the infamous Godzilla Tree
Ten years and 1,920,372 blog comments* ago, the news.3Yen officially started in 2004 with the following post below.
Let’s anniversary happy, wo0T!
*About those 1,920,372 blog spam comments:
I guess we really understand our “readership” very well to have garnered so many spambot comments, right? ( ͡~ ͜ʖ ͡°)
Lacking proper posteriors*, flat-assed Japanese have opted for creating derriere-shaped melons!
Japanese Farmer Mitsuo Shibata Grows Butt-Shaped Watermelon
The Huffington Post | 09/05/2014
…conjoined watermelons are common enough in Japan that there is a specific phrase for them: “futago suika,” which translates as “twin watermelons.”
The above video is not to be confused with the naughtyNSFW video, Watermelon-vs-Butt, at: http://youtu.be/1imL5zGD_h0
Although not a hoax, square watermelons are not exactly new or ‘All the Rage’ in Japan as the KEYC News report below claims.
These melons have been around—or squared off so to speak—for the past 30 years as an odd speciality gift for Japan’s traditional season of bribery called Ochugen/ (3Yen / 2005-07-18).
Square Watermelons all the Rage in Japan
KEYC Mankato News, Weather, Sports / June 27, 2014
…they have received 114 orders from Canada so far. An official of JA Kagawa said he wants to increase the amount of production capacity and expand the supply for overseas.
← How do ya like dem melons? (3Yen / 2009-06-14) and other ancient stories of square watermelons of Japan on the 3Yen include:
With a measure of whimsey, “Elizabeth“—the Phalanx gun system of the JDS Kirishima (DDG-174)(Wiki) protected the Saturday Open House at Yokusuka Naval Base in Tokyo Bay.
The Kirishima was one of five Kongo-class guided missile destroyers of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) gathered at Yokusuka in preparation for a crucial mission…
That “crucial mission” was Saturday’s navy curry contest.
MSDF armada masses; first order is curry contest
The Japan Times | April 18, 2014
One key mission of a group of 15 Maritime Self-Defense Force warships, including four of the nation’s six state-of-the-art Aegis destroyers…gather Saturday at the MSDF base in Yokosuka …[for]… a curry-cooking contest.
“Elizabeth” is of course much more than just a Phalanx gun of a Close-In Weapons System (CIWS).
From the popular manga and anime series “Gintama” (Wiki), Elizabeth is the alien companion “animal” of Katsura, the hero of the series. Elizabeth is actually a general of:
The Renho race of mercenaries that specialize in covert operations, and who act as pets for numerous Earthlings in order to prepare Earth for an invasion (gintama.wikia.com).
Because of its resemblance, the Japanese navy has decked out their Phalanx as “Elizabeth” in much the same way the US Navy has nicknamed it “R2D2″ and the Royal Navy calls it a “Dalek” after the alien villains of the “Doctor Who” TV show (reference).
key ring cute version
If you’re still curious about Elizabeth and Gintama the Motion Picture
(R), check out our previous report:
Japanese bio-terror comes in seaweed, red bean and mayo flavors
(3Yen / 2013-06-15)
Gamera, the former Guardian of the Universe and the kaiju/monster realms (Wiki), has fallen on hard times in his forced retirement of the past several years.
Fuji TV News captured him on video trying to make ends meet working as a security guard at a Donki () discount store in Tokyo.
pic.twitter.com/Yu2feM4MNr— Brian Ashcraft (@Brian_Ashcraft) March 24, 2014
Check out some of the 3Yen’s many posts about Gamera including:
• 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)
Bonten Taro — Sex & Fury is a book “trailer” for the May 5th release of the French publisher Le Lézard Noir about Bonten Taro’s life and works. In the style of a graphic novel, ‘Sex & Fury,’ tells Bonten Taro’s story of being an artist of manga, tattoos, films that touched on themes as diverse as the yakuza, horror, Pacific War, Mishima, enka ballads, and the like.
Sex & Fury, Bonten Taro from didizuka on Vimeo.
Bonten Taro is most famous penning the comic, ‘Half-breed Rika’ (凡天太郎 / Konketsuji Rika), in the Weekly Myojo magazine, which was turned into a popular ’70s movie series by Toei Studios. That series was the source of inspiration for copycats like Russ Meyer’s Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and the copy of the copycat, Tarantino*.
Learn more details at the Japanese website: bontengekigakai.wordpress.com