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3/25/2014

EVERYTHING is made cute in Japan.

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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.
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3/10/2014

Tweety in Tokyo?

Late at night on the expressway you never know what danger lurks in Japan.

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@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.


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1/27/2014

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


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(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


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10/9/2013

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…
squid-dance animated odori-don

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)


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10/7/2013

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


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9/17/2013

Japanese ‘Water Day’ (Wednesday) is a bad day for real estate shopping

Weirdo Japanese factoid of the day…

Thanks to Danny Choo / 末永みらい命 (@dannychoo)’s twitter we have today’s trivia…

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quotingLEFTy_12x15 All Japanese real estate agents are closed on Wednesday. Reason is Wednesday = Sui (水) in Japanese means water = ‘contracts get washed away’. quotingRIGHty_12x15

Huh?


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6/27/2013

One Japanese ‘Schoolgirl Fantasy’

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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.

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According the website dedicated to him (Google Translate):
said-openGrowHair 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.said-closed

Be sure to click on the Youtube’s “Caption” button and turn on the engrish captions in the video.

japanese schoolgirl fantasy old man

View Part 2 at: http://youtu.be/7gvgO1jwCTo


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• 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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6/5/2013

‘Paradise of Rabbit’ — Okunoshima Japan

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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?

Rest-of-the-story…
The photo was taken in what is now an island park called Okunoshima Okunoshima-Hiroshima-Prefecture  大久野島 located in the Inland Sea of Japan in Hiroshima Prefecture (see map below).
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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).
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• Background information via:
         wikipedia.org/wiki/Okunoshima…
• Details at uta-jima.com (goofy Goggle Translate)
          said-openParadise of rabbit Okunoshima photos, video & informationsaid-closed


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4/29/2013

Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2013

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held on Sunday April 28th the parade celebrates the diversity of the LGBT community and raises awareness...more


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more at The Japan Times / April 29, 2013: Gay pride march kicks off first ‘Tokyo Rainbow Week’


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3/14/2013

eatin’ l’il Cthulhu

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR* AGAIN!

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firefly-squid on beach*Wo0t!
On the plate are “l’il Cthulhu”—bioluminescent Firefly Squid who normally live with Cthulhu’s Deep Ones, but once a year waves push them to the surface in Japan’s Toyama Bay from March to June. YUM!

From more information, check out the previous squidly 3Yen report of 2012 ↗:
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Masses of radioactive tentacles crawl onto the beach

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Report by 3Yen correspondent-at-large, Den4


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