Tomorrow is “Ocean Day,” a Japanese national holiday (3Yen / 2015-07-20). To get you in a holiday mood, here are a few reverent thoughts of Japan’s seaside holy Concrete Tetrapods would be apropos.
A reader’s email commenting about terapods:
>I think there are called dolosse.
Wow. You learn something every day.
South Africa claims concrete tetrapods were invented in 1963 for use in Cape Town, and that the Afrikaans word for tetrapod is dolosse.
However according to The Japan Times, in 1950, the Laboratoire Dauphinois d’Hydraulique in Grenoble, France first made them for erosion control.
Looking around at the history of of concrete, basically, nobody invented them–they spontaneously appeared from outer space in the early 1950s around the same time as the UFO sightings, ha, ha.
To quote Alex Kerr author of “Dogs and Demons: Tales from the Dark Side of Japan” (Hill and Wang, 2001):
These projects are mostly unnecessary or worse than unnecessary. It turns out that wave action on tetrapods wears the sand away faster and causes greater erosion than would be the case if the beaches had been left alone.
Surfers and naturalists (and anybody sane) hate the tetrapods because over time they erode away all sand on beaches and destroy the beach habitat creating a concrete dead zone, arrrg.
Our previous reports of Ocean-cum-Marine Day/Umi no Hi include:
Today’s CHINDOGU—those wacky “unuseless inventions” made popular by Japan the late 1980s are still going (crazy) after all these years.
Potted plants usually are in the way, this “POT” can be used as a helmet in case of emergency.
rbbtoday.com | March 14, 2016 (in Japanese)
the +MET PROJECT plusmet.jp/en/
Normally, it is a stylish plant pot.
But in an emergency, take out the plant,
it immediately turns into a helmet.
Wikipedia: Chindogu — unuseless inventions of Japan.
For a further overview, refer to jackthreads.com: Get to know chindogu the Japanese art of unuselessness
Our previous mentions the Japanese art of unuselessness include:
A new Japanese idol group ″ spearheads″ the mating of wombats in Osaka!
Kyodo News | Jan. 26, 2016 | OSAKA…zoo is struggling to find a bride for one of its wombats, the country’s only breeding-age specimen of the Australian native animal. To help find 11-year-old male “Fuku” a mate, Satsukiyama Zoo has created an all-girl idol group to spearhead a wombat-breeding campaign…more...
Here’s proof of heavy hallucinogen use at one of Japan’s largest chains of supermarkets, SEIYU, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Walmart.
″ A glimpse of the future according to scientists coming from the future to our present spiral…This is only in the future!″
You can view many more videos of drug-induced madness at Walmart née SEIYU’s Japanese website:
Miraiyasu.com (SEIYU — 未来は、ヤ〇イ。)
Or, does this typical SEIYU supermarket poster better explain it? →
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.
Originally, these Buddha cones (actually Jizo cones) were an art project of Mr. Hasegawa that became a minor commercial success because they have an actual purpose.
Japan has many temples and often these undermanned places are the only open and green spots in the cities. These temples make tempting places to illegally park. Putting a “face” on these Don’t-Park-Here cones increases compliance. Also, traffic cones and barriers are placed in quiet areas that attract the endless hords of drunk salaryman looking for places to pee—Who is going to pee on Buddha, even an orange conehead one?
Previous reports of Coneheads in Japan on the 3Yen include:
Japanese pumpkins are green and goofy…
Calling someone in Japanese a “kabucha” is an old-fashioned slang word for someone ‘stupid’ or ‘empty headed’ (similar to having a head that’s like the hollow inside of a pumpkin).
The above photo of the green pumpkin-head girls in kimono is most likely a playbill for a manzai/comedy team.
So, you’re going to take an August vacation in Japan? Don’t.
Cue Good Morning, Vietnam
— What’s the weather like out there?
It’s hot. Damn hot! Real hot! Hottest things is my shorts. I could cook things in it. A little crotch pot cooking.
— Well, can you tell me what it feels like.
Fool, it’s hot! I told you again! Were you born on the sun? It’s damn hot! I saw – It’s so damn hot, I saw little guys, their orange robes burst into flames. It’s that hot! Do you know what I’m talking about.” What do you think it’s going to be like tonight? “It’s gonna be hot and wet! That’s nice if you’re with a lady, but it ain’t no good if you’re in the [concrete] jungle.
All the rage in Japan, ri-i-i-ght. What good is writing satirical news about Japan when reality is weirder?
Moss-watching catching on among young women
Kyodo News July 26, 2015 —NAGANO, Japan…
July 14th is Nude Day, which is a grrreat way to beat the continuing Japanese heat wave and get in step with “Cool Biz”—Japan’s casual business wear campaign (3Yen link).