Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’s mother was Japanese

On Dec. 6, 1964, television audiences watched Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for the first time never knowing that Rudolph’s “mother” was Japanese.

Animator Kyoko Kita working
on Rudolph the “Animagic” Reindeer

Rudolph Red-Nosed Reindeer Kyoko Kita animagic

This year “Rudolph” celebrates its 50th anniversary, extending its reign as television’s longest-running (Japanese-made) TV special.

‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer': 10 things you didn’t know about the holiday classic
San Jose Mercury News | Nov. 25, 2014
№1) AN INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR
Rudolph might appear to be an all-American reindeer, but he and his pals were lovingly brought to life overseas by Japanese stop-motion animators working in a building that had previously been used to test engines for fighter planesmore...
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Below are a just a few of the versions of the classic ’Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.’ (CBS/Classic Media 1964) (Wiki).

What are these Japanese things?

utility obi
 
“Buskila” on Reddit/japan asked…

Q: said-openAnybody knows what these things are for?said-closed
 
A: It’s a festive obi/sash used to dress up the National Tree of Japan, the sacred Concrete Utility Pole.
Although the yellow one shown on the right is plastic, the steel obi (see below left) are more common and they are there to protect the sacred Poles from damage since the nature-loving Japanese are very fond planting the National Tree in their roadways (below right).
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Learn more about Japan’s National Tree in our previous reports:

Japan in WWII was ‘just like North Korea’

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Author Probes Oddities of World War II Life in Japan
Wall Street Journal blog, 2014/05/13
When author Tadanori Hayakawa looks at life in Japan during World War II, his eye is drawn to the bizarre.
Take the case of nudism: At some schools, both the pupils and teachers wore only underpants or trousers to become physically stronger. A photo from 1943 shows that even a principal was working almost naked at his desk.
A magazine for homemakers gave advice on how to grow opium poppies for use as anesthetics during a medicine shortage. Readers were told to go to government health offices for free seeds
Hayakawa said he was genuinely interested in the ideas and ways of life shown in his unique collection of materials. “Most readers enjoy them. Many have said, ‘Oh, this is just like North Korea,’ ” he said.
More…

Japanese links (Bing Translate) to Tadanori Hayakawa’s books are:

Show Your Love for the Nation
“Show Your Love for the Nation”


battle-life
“Gods’ Japan battle life”


Previous 3Yen reports of naked education in Japan include:

Moby Dick’s reign of terror in Tokyo ends!

Loose translation of TakagiSota‘s twitter:
said-openDuring the recent draining and cleaning of Tokyo’s Inokashira Pond, a giant carp called ‘Moby Dick’ has been finally captured. Moby has been frightening visitors for years slurping at car tires and small Shiba dogs. Finally the pond will be at peace.said-closed icon_rolleyes2


Moby-Dick

(水抜き中の井の頭池「モビーディック」と呼ばれてた巨大鯉がついに捕獲された。車のタイヤや柴犬を丸呑みにする恐ろしい奴だった。これで池も平和になる。 pic.twitter.com/CWz5KXbpWW– 高木壮太 (@TakagiSota) January 26, 2014)

According to RocketNews24, said-openthe Parks Department began draining Inokashira Pond as part of an effort to remove harmful non-native fish, such as bluegill, that have been introduced to the body of water …[and]…in just a single day, more than 50 twisted, rusted, abandoned bicycles were pulled from the pond …[but]… the lake could still be concealing around 150 more bicycles. said-closed

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–RocketNews24

Japan serves Cthulhu?

Don’t tell the “Ancient Ones” and pray the great Cthulhu doesn’t catch wind of this abuse of the Wise Tentacled Elder Gods, but…
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seemingly coming back to life when soy sauce is poured atop it. The cephalopod's body lifts up and writhes in the bowl, prompting viewers to ask: Is it really dead?
a seafood dish named odori-don…sometimes prepared with squid and known as the “dancing squid rice bowl” huffingtonpost.com: ‘Dancing Squid’ Phenomenon: How Soy Sauce Brings A Dead Creature Back To ‘Life’

Previous 3Yen reports of Cthulhu’s control of the oceans and expansion into the realm of puny human include:
   • Eatin’ lil Cthulhu (3Yen / 2013-03-14)
   • Merry Squid-mas from Japan (3Yen / 2012-12-25)
   • The ‘Man from Planet Squid-aru’ (3Yen / 2011-07-19)
CthulhuAnd of course…
Cthulhu, the evil giant squid, caught on video
    (3Yen / 2007-02-14)

Aliens wintering in Japan

The straw wrapping is done to protect the palm trees from the cold and insect infestations during the late fall and winter. It takes four workers an entire week to complete the job.

Sotetsu-yama (蘇鉄山) 'Sago Palm Mountain', Katsura Ri... on Twitpic