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.
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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:
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’.