Festive lucky lobsters for Japanese New Years…
…are found on automobiles and entranceways.
Shimekazari are a traditional New Year's decoration that are put out for luck as part of Shinto beliefs. The shide–the white zigzagging, paper strips are meant to keep away bad spirits and the lobsters denote longevity (since lobsters are bent over like old person).
Nowadays, not many people bother to put Shimekazari on their cars but there are plenty of lucky flying lobsters still around to play with Godzilla for the New Years holiday.
By THE Taiwanese Animators:
Hello Kitty remixes Eminem’s “Rap God” and spares no dog in the process….
Godzilla and all his Kaiju/monster friends including Bobblehead Santa are battling to beat the the crush to finish their last minute Christmas shopping in Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district. Thanks to the wonders of the International Dateline it is already Christmas Eve here in Japan.
♩♫ Deck your head with boughs of bullpucky… ♬ ♪
The J-pop artist, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (3Yen 2013-10-18), is decked out for Christmas in Zipper magazine, January 2014.
Via kyarychan’s tumblr
♫ Just Put A Ribbon In Your Hair
(for Christmas) listen on Youtube
by Alan Jackson (2003 – Amazon.com) Just Put A Ribbon In Your Hair
Caroline Kennedy decides to do an AKB48 “dance” as she meets-n-greets Japanese diplomats as the newly appointed U.S. ambassador to Japan (2013-Dec- 18).
Check out the previous reports of AKB 48 on the 3Yen including:
• Yakuza 48
(3Yen / 2013-05-24)
• AKB48 kid commercial called too ’sick’ by pedophiles
(3Yen / 2012-08-27)
• Lick all the members of the idol group ‘AKB48′!
(3Yen / 2011-11-06) ↓
Master of the martial arts and Japan homeboy*, Steven Seagal, is featured in triplicate in this exclusive clip looking behind the scenes of the fight scenes from his newest Direct-to-DVD masterpiece “Force of Execution” released on December 17.
Click to play.
No one’s got moves like Seagal in ‘Force of Execution’
USA TODAY — 2013/dec/17
Steven Seagal…working with other actors to choreograph movements and techniques. He works with one guy, rehearsing a strike to his neck with an arm and saying, “In reality, I cut people’s heads off.”
Actually, "No one’s got moves like Seagal" except those two stand-ins waiting behind him ready to double for all his action and running for him. Check out the three Steven Seagals lined up in a row in the middle point of the video clip.
I was checking to see which big movies were (not) playing in my nearby 109CINEMAS here in Tokyo, and I saw this hot mess pop up GoogleTranslate:
Live Direct Black Thigh Vol.12 Plane Revolution Pink Christmas 2013 — Seibu Dome Tournament live viewing implementation decisions!
Then I saw accompanying the “Live Black Thigh Vol.12″ announcement was a PR photo of J-pop group “Momoclo*” and everything made perfect “Pink Christmas” sense…
*Momoclo aka aka Momoiro Clover Z (Wiki), the J‑pop/bubblegum/power‑pop group is going to live broadcast their Christmas concert. Since “momo” in Japanese is peach pink—”Pink Christmas” is the name of their concert that is going to be held in the Tokyo’s Seibu Dome on December 23rd and it will be broadcast live to movie theaters throughout Japan. You can watch Momoclo’s energetic performance of the power-pop girls for a mere 3,500 yen—about $34.00 USD at Japanese theaters.
A festive, green, alien, rice-ball head pooping out a golden Christmas tree makes perfect Japanese sense for this holiday season, doesn’t it?
This pooping Xmas wish came from the official TENGA blog (goofy Google Translate): “TENGA is a supporter of the Makoto Aida exhibition—Multiple work limitation for ‘people who do not think’ has arrived!”
Cookie Monster as The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai*. :p
All bow down to his Great Waviness…
–Tip of the hat to Den4 for this post.