“Buskila” on Reddit/japan asked…
Q: Anybody knows what these things are for? →
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).
Learn more about Japan’s National Tree in our previous reports:
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.
Japanese links (Bing Translate) to Tadanori Hayakawa’s books are:
“Show Your Love for the Nation”
“Gods’ Japan battle life”
Previous 3Yen reports of naked education in Japan include:
EVERYTHING is made cute in Japan. Everything.
#japan #cute #pee #mascot http://t.co/iZ1ZJxXXuG pic.twitter.com/320GUhBX54
— SakuraPandaTeaTime (@sakurapandatea) March 25, 2014
I am sort of partial to the happy peeing family on the right below.
Late at night on the expressway you never know what danger lurks in Japan.
@yasui0601 So I was driving…
こんなのが牽引されてました。 pic.twitter.com/nJCj3wCS2w— かずにぃ (@kazu_clumstay) March 8, 2014
Somehow, I don’t think this is an authorized appearance of Tweety (Wiki) on the road.
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…
…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)
And of course…
Cthulhu, the evil giant squid, caught on video
(3Yen / 2007-02-14)
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.
Weirdo Japanese factoid of the day…
Thanks to Danny Choo / 末永みらい命 (@dannychoo)’s twitter we have today’s trivia…
All Japanese real estate agents are closed on Wednesday. Reason is Wednesday = Sui (水) in Japanese means water = ‘contracts get washed away’.
Dressed in schoolgirl’s uniform, “GrowHair” has become has an Internet phenomenon in Japan over the past five years, and he’s a regular sight in Tokyo’s über-trendy Harajuku/Shibuya district.
According the website dedicated to him (Google Translate):
GrowHair enjoys walking the streets wearing a sailor-suit school uniform where he is widely known as ‘Sailor Uncle.’ In born 1962, his real name is Hideaki Kobayashi and he has master’s degree in Mathematics from the prestigious Waseda University [Japan's equivalent of Stanford or MIT]. He works as an image-processing software engineer at a printing company.
Be sure to click on the Youtube’s “Caption” button and turn on the engrish captions in the video.
View Part 2 at: http://youtu.be/7gvgO1jwCTo
• Link via Drop Dead Cute (2013-June-26):
My Schoolgirl Fantasy (Not What You Think!)
• Story idea thanks to Yuki Rinkya (@rinkya)’s twitter.
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What are all these rabbits doing front an empty Japanese hotel?
Would you believe the bunnies are escaping an abandoned chemical warfare plant?
The photo was taken in what is now an island park called Okunoshima located in the Inland Sea of Japan in Hiroshima Prefecture (see map below).
However, from 1925 to 1945 the island was a top secret chemical weapon facility (R) that produced over six kilotons of mustard gas and tear gas. Now Okunoshima is an island with a hotel, a six-hole golf course and a camp ground. When the island was developed as a park after World War II, these rabbits were intentionally set loose. Many rabbits were used in the chemical munitions plant to test the effectiveness of the chemical weapons during World War II (Wiki).
• Background information via:
• Details at uta-jima.com (goofy Goggle Translate)
Paradise of rabbit Okunoshima photos, video & information