Featuring train characters, Ressha Sentai ToQger is a continuation of the Japanese television Super Sentai/Power Ranger series. The premise of the show is that a mystical railway known as the Rainbow Line run massive/heroic trains known as Ressha. These Ressha (Tokkyūjā). The ToQgers mission to save towns from the evil forces of the Shadow Line who are preying on the residents’ fear and sadness… (from Wikipedia)
Other mecha and sentai silliness here on the 3Yen includes:
Shown below is the Japan’s government-sponsored pollution of the “Cool Japan” program last weekend that is trying to best China in all things…even stinky air.
Review: Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
— The Japan Times: A&E (@japantimes_arts) November 11, 2015
The photo above shows singer Toshiko Koshijima of the “Moshi Cool” section the Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival (which is part of the Cool Japan initiative).
Previous 3yen reports of the government’s “Cool Japan” propaganda initiative include:
• Cool Japan Expo in Paris is full of K-pop! (3Yen / 2014-07-24)
• Is Japan Cool? Toilets! (3Yen / 2012-03-07)
• ‘Gross National Cool’–Japan’s foreign policy
(3Yen / 2004-12-14)
A homeless man hits the red carpet at Tokyo International Film Festival 2015 in Shinjuku, only to be challenged by…
…Micro-Gamera responds the challenge at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2015!
City of Tokyo to give away 300,000 Halloween garbage bags —- mainichi.jp | news/2015-10-17
The above photo taken in Tokyo’s Roppongi entertainment district as it is gearing up for one on their biggest party weekends of the year.
But, as I always say, ″ Everyday is Halloween in Tokyo″ (3Yen / 2014-10-31) , (3Yen / 2012-09-13) , (3Yen / 2011-10-29) , etc.
Longtime collaborator with the 3Yen, RobPongi, gave us this heads-up on the new Hello Kitty/Chucky Mashup Doll that the Universal Studios theme park in Japan was selling for this Halloween.
Universal Studios Japan Selling Hello Kitty/Chucky Mashup Doll
RobPongi further reports: Annnnndddd….IT’S GONE!
However, the fact that the Hello Chucky™ doll isn’t listed on the website may be a sign of it being sold out rather than it pulled off the market.
Other strange Chucky and Hello Kitty occurrences spotted in Japan include:
When I saw the above photo of the yakuza gangster on the Tokyo Reporter , I could think of only one thing:
← MUKKU, the best friend of Gachapin in a popular Japanese children’s program “Hirake! Ponkiki” (3Yen 2009-07-21).
Previous reports the ↑ Mysterious Duo ↑ on the 3Yen include:
Japan’s kaiju, Gamera, The Invincible, Super Monster, Guardian of the Universe, and Friend of All Children (Wiki) has been seen invading North Korea!
North Korean zoo upgrades include 65-meter ‘turtle’
NK News – North Korea News / 2015 Sept. 21
Upgrades to Pyongyang’s Central Zoo include construction of a 65-meter turtle-shaped building, and a larger construction in the shape of a bird’s wing, satellite imagery and a bulletin from Korean Central Television (KCTV) reveal…more...
Previous Gamera reports on the 3Yen include:
• Gamera chomp! (3Yen / 2015-09-18)
• 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)
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.”
“Wanky,” long-time reader of the 3Yen, just sent in this jammin’ gem of Japan…
Previous “jamming” Japan reports on the 3Yen include:
Pikachu Tairyo Hassei Chu—an Outbreak of Pikachus is scheduled to take place in Yokohama from August 8 to 18. One thousand dancing Pikachus will descend on the Minato Mirai bayside district of Yokohama—No telling what havoc they will cause!