Funk the ‘Chanbara’

Chanbara*, Japanese kids playing with sticks like make-believe swords was “culturally appropriated” and funked for this music video of samurai fighting in the garage.

Featuring Flying Lotus & Kamasi Washington | Brainfeeder 2015 | Directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada | Produced by Zach Wechter


*Learn more about Chanbara swordplay at:


A copy copied

Things have gone full circle.
The imagery of Star Wars was appropriated from Japan, and now Japanese ukiyo-e images have become: Official Star Wars ukiyo‑e

See the prints at the official Star Wars ukiyo-e website (in Japanese):

Previous reports of modern ukiyo-e on the 3Yen include:


Doraemon in chains!


When Japan’s Foreign Ministry appointed the beloved character Doraemon as an “anime ambassador” to the world in 2008 (Wiki), I doubt he was thinking that he would end up being chained in front of a shopping center in China. Doraemon volume 1 cover
I also doubt that the Japanese Foreign Ministry would have thought harmless Doraemon would become persona non grata in China since he is, on a mission to corrupt the China’s youth (″

A few of the many previous reports about Doraemon on the 3Yen include:


Bears in the bigtime

Bears are Big in Japan″…especially killer teddy bears taking revenge on an afro-samurai.

Picking up where where the original Afro Samurai story (3Yen / 2007-10-30) left off, you can follow the path of Kuma on his quest for wreck revenge by hunting down Afro to make him pay for the death for all those he loved.

Previous reports Afro Bears and the fury of the Furry on the 3Yen include:


Mo’ military “moe”

The mysterious Japanese concept of ‘moe’—the pseudo-romanic devotion to manga and anime girls (Wiki)–has gained more mystery military-wise with these recruiting posters popping up in Chiba just west of Tokyo.
we want you
The wisdom of appealing to wimpy otaku/nerd market would seem counterproductive to Japan’s military needs

Prior Art?


Previous reports of ‘moe’ on the 3Yen include:


‘I thought molesters were everywhere.’

The Japanese government’s “Cool Japan” initiative (3Yen 015-04-09) promoting hinky schoolgirl manga and anime is having some interesting results in the tourism industry.

Three foreign tourists arrested for molestation in Japan after thinking it was normal behavior | 2015/04/10molester-text…more…
Chikan rabbits

Other 3Yen posts dealing Tokyo’s problems with molesters include:
(3Yen / 2006-07)
   • Groping, Tokyo’s favorite pastime on the trains
(3Yen / 2005-02)
    Please molest behind the white line (3Yen / 2009-08)
do-it at the beach molestation


Cool Japan flops — bust in Malaysia

The Japanese government’s “Cool Japan” initiative seeking to exploit the commercial capital of the country’s culture industry (Wiki) seems to be a bust in Malaysia.

Mall selling sexy dolls bust-ed / April 9, 2015
In a successful bust, the [Malaysian] Home Ministry’s Al-Quran Text and Publishing Control Division seized RM14,234.20 worth of prohibited and obscene [Japanese] material from a popular shopping mall in Petaling Jaya.busted-sexy-doll-text         More…

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Previous reports of the government’s “Cool Japan” initiative on the 3Yen 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’ as Japan’s foreign policy (3Yen / 2004-12-14)

American and biker wannabe wins Miss Universe Japan 2015


left_long quotebar 24x260pxHalf-American Ariana Miyamoto is Miss Universe Japan 2015
Missosology 2015/Mar13
20-year-old Ariana Miyamoto, a part-time worker and a daughter of a black American father and Japanese mother became the first ever bi-racial winner of Miss Universe Japan.  She is from Sasebo City, home of Japan’s important naval base in Kyushu...more...

According to Wikipedia, Ariana went to high school in the United States which makes her the most “international” of Japan’s Miss Universe offerings in a long time. She is described as, left_quoter_14x24 passionate about bikes and desires to buy a Harley Davidson if she wins a lottery someday.right_quoter_13x24