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4/7/2014

Museum Japanesque

All around the world, private museums are run by rather unique* folks, and Japan is no exception.

via Ushijima1129Tumblr


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4/6/2014

‘Priests’ Prohibited

Japanese is arguably one of the least religious counties in the world but…*

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No priests.() pic.twitter.com/0C3IX9Zf1D— Lee Chapman (@tokyotimes) April 6, 2014

*Rest-of-the-story…
Although Japanese people have almost no interest in religion (reference), the sign prohibiting mendicant monks (not priests) is actually an anti-Chinese sign.
Almost all Japanese believe begging monks are fakes—Illegal Chinese immigrants(reference) without any skills including language and who are just wearing cheap robes and cleverly pretending an oath-of-silence. Since the 1970s, Japan has become so wealthy that begging is a rarity. Nowadays most Japanese would rather (and do) starve rather than ask for a handout or charity.

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Monk asking for money” by Julian’s flickr
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Technically speaking, these beggars are almost always silent mendicant monks and not “priests” per se. That is, on occasion priests can “beg” for money but generally they actually have to verbally announce themselves in groups with much chanting as well as banging-&-clanging of drums and bells. This practice (shakedown) of we-will-shut-up-if-you-pay-us-for-a-blessing has mostly died out.


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3/27/2014

Go, go, GMO girl!

 
said-openI can’t help but think of Genetically Modified Organism when I see these posters every morning.said-closed

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pic.twitter.com/OBfzwOrE4kJapanBlogList (@JapanBlogList) March 26, 2014

gmo for everyone

  

Despite what it looks like in these posters, Yuka Nakayama (中山由香) is not advertising genetically modified foods—She’s a genetically‑modified “campaign girl (girl model featured in an advertising campaign)” for a online foreign exchange brokerage, GMO CLICK Securities—”GMO” stands for Global Media Online.

Supposedly, GMO CLICK is Number 1 in the user-friendliness of their trading tools for FX beginners, but their TV commercials stress the value of Yuka Nakayama as GMO’s zombie fighting, go-go girl. (Note the transexual, gaijin zombie at the 56-second point of the video.)

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See more videos of GMO’s transexual gaijin zombies and islander cannibals too in the COMMENTS section.


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3/23/2014

Japanese pussy food

It all started with Patrick Macias’ Twitter/Instagram link to a Japanese quoter leftpussy foodquoter right photo, which was a

pussy food graffiti shibuya tokyo japan
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Good morning, Shibuya. What have you for me? —Photo by counterespy

Harmless enough picture. However, I felt it was marred by a red, engrishy “But still do it” sticker stuck right in the middle of the otherwise-amusing graffiti. but-still-do-it Before erasing But still do it with Photoshop, I decided to check if the sticker had any meaning other than having a fun-time of public defacement.

Yikes. But still do it/ Demo, yarun da yo!/(でも、やるんだよ!) turns out to be the tagline of a serious sicko, the Japanese manga artist Takashi Nemoto (根本 敬氏), the so-called Robert Crumb of Japan’s Heta-Uma (good but bad) comics. That is, he’s “Japan’s Robert Crumb” if Crumb was more into incest, child molestation, cannibalism, bestiality rape, and giant pulsating radioactive penises shaped like sweet potatoes.

But still do it

To enjoy more of Nemoto, refer to:
   •Baked sweet potato for Dad at lambiek.net
   •Takashi Nemoto’s official engrish website


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Takashi Nemoto: Monster Men Bureiko Lullaby
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Available in English from Amazon.com.


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2/24/2014

They came from outer space…

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Tokyo Fashion© All Rights Reserved

“King of Otoko (males)” from the planet Kanjani8 were seen cruising the streets of Harajuku, this illuminated intergalatic truckship (promoting the newest release the J-pop band).
Via (Tokyo Fashion© | February 23, 2014)


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1/19/2014

Japan ‘REFORM’

Everyday I get a chuckle as I walk by this sign advertising this business for reforming gorillas.

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red-green-gorilla_aniGorilla ReFORM home remodeling shop
(Google Translate) The origin of the shop name…has no deep meaning so much, but the sound was good. I felt “Gorilla ReFORM” to be a name that is familiar and charming. “Gorillali‑kun” (R) is our company mascot. →

Oddly, this is not the only business in Japan that reforms gorillas. There was also the “REFORM GORILLA” shop in Hiroshima (Google Translate)

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Reform Gorilla has great reform stories…

I walk by a several different signs advertising “REFORM” every week and wonder howtheflyingfuck did the Japanese decide that English “reform” (katakana-reform rifomu) should mean to remodel / renovation or to alter clothing—Mysteries.


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12/8/2013

Information overload at the ticket gate

quotingLEFTy_12x15改札の情報量が多いquotingRIGHty_12x15—Information overload at the ticket gate in Tokyo

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confusing-signage..

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@nomolk
on Twitter December 7, 2013


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8/21/2013

Japanese airports plagued with autonomous and sentient eyeballs!

As of late for, the Japanese news (and the 3Yen) have been plagued with reports of autonomous and sentient eyeballs on the loose!

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Airport art! Local airports in Japan having fun with baggage carousels
RocketNews24 | 2013/08/19
Is that a giant eyeball in your luggage or are you just happy to see me?
what’s staring back at you–is an art piece that rides the baggage carousel at a local airport in Tottori Pref. the airport lets Medama no Oyaji ride around to his tiny heart’s content ...more


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blue eye wink blink Other dubious reports of the onslaught of eyeballs and in particular Medama no Oyaji on the 3Yen include:
   • Japan’s anus eyeball monster (3Yen / 2013-07-24)
   • Opticon Has Been Destroyed! (3Yen / 2012-10-12)
   • GIANT MUTANT EYEBALLS IN NUKE PROTEST (3Yen / 2012-02-10)
   • Eyes invade the streets of Tokyo! (3Yen / )
blue-eyed aliens in Tokyo..


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8/20/2013

A stalker early in his life, Mr. Spock enjoyed Japan in strange ways

Star Trek Into the Darkness* finally opened in Japan last weekend

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Tokyo, Nishi Nippori station, Star Trek, Spock, stalking…
Via kinks34’s tumblr JAPAN, 2013aug15 17:58

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Japan is always the last place in the world to get new movies, meh.


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8/15/2013

Pedobear’s lesser known buddy, Pedocat

Pedocat aka Sekuhara (sexual harassment) Kitty is a poster character for anti-sexual harassment campaigns on Japanese university campuses. This poster from the halls of Japan’s most prestigious school, the University of Tokyo, reads:

Separated-at-Birth*? Sekuhara Kitty vs Pedobear
separated-at-birth sexual harassment cat Sekuhara Kitty vs pedobear


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