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).
‘London–Paris’ eyes / ロン — パリの目 / Ron Pari no me is obscure but amusing Japanese slang (3Yen 2010-09-26) describing someone with eyes pointing in opposite directions.
Having crossed eyes and odd eye orientations is a common malady in Japan. It’s a “Push–Pull” situation.
Push—Bad vision is a genetic trait in Japanese caused by shallow eye sockets.
Pull—Japanese do not bother to correct is problem because: they think it’s cute, Japan medicine ignores it, correcting deformities has poor culture acceptance, Japanese Buddhism frowns on “cutting” the body, and Japanese people have high inertia to changing anything.
Sometimes you gotta think that the Japanese are just trolling us with things like these new Frog Burgers on a bun blackened with ground charcoal*, yum.
… Ok, it’s official, burgers have now officially reached peak weird—a black bun frog burger is … the latest offering from the Orbi Yokohama museum in Japan…more…
Other menu items like their blue “Earth Burger” Orbi Cafe (Google Translate) are “creative” also.
Previous reports of Japanese burger trolling on the 3Yen include:
• Choco Burger, yuck! (3Yen / 2010-09-16)
• “Mc.Danield’s” [sic] SALT BURGER (3Yen / 2014-11-21)
• WHALE BURGERS! Newest in Japanese Supersizing
(3Yen / 2005-06-22)
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
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 planes…more...
Below are a just a few of the versions of the classic ’Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.’ (CBS/Classic Media 1964) (Wiki).
Seventy years ago…
The crew of the sinking Japanese aircraft carrier, HIJMS Zuikaku, give the final Banzai cheer before the ship slips beneath the waves on October 25, 1944.
Click to embiggen photo.
Details of the battle and additional photo in the COMMENTS section.
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: