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10/25/2014

Banzai! Banzai! BANZAI!

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.
HIJMS Zuikaku 1944 Three cheers
Click to embiggen photo.

Details of the battle and additional photo in the COMMENTS section.


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6/10/2014

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).
steel-obiroad_not-footpath


Learn more about Japan’s National Tree in our previous reports:


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5/13/2014

Japan in WWII was ‘just like North Korea’

nude-principal

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:


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3/25/2014

EVERYTHING is made cute in Japan.

hospital-cup
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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.
pee-fun-family


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3/10/2014

Tweety in Tokyo?

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

tweety-road_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.


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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


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

junked-bikes
–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…

white space is good for the soul
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’

cross-dressing schoolgirl sailor uncle growhair

 
 
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.

japanese schoolgirls old uncle

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


japanese tip of the hat
 

• 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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