Blacker than the “Black Ships” (3Yen / 2005-03-31), is President Obama as Commodore Perry and the TPP—Trans-Pacific Partnership—the proposed regional free-trade agreement*.
Here Obama is shown facing off the sacred cows of the JA–Japan Agriculture Group.
Below are photos of a typical neighborhood police substation in Japan—aka “police box”—which is nearly always labeled in the Roman letters “KOBAN” ( Wiki).
You might wonder goes on in a Japanese Koban/police box—think Koncho...
To learn more about the fun “Koncho” Japanese poking game refer to the previous 3Yen reports…
Friend of the 3Yen, Mulboyne, writes:
‘Neo Tokyo Fooding Bar Mysterious’ sounds like a parody Japanese restaurant name. It isn't: http://t.co/QThVY8rGpQ
Another Lost in Translation moment of zen in Harajuku, Tokyo:
You Buff, We Paint street art.
If you meet the Buddha in the road, kill him.
Japanese concrete policemen vs the UK’s "traffic stoppers" in Leicester — Separated at birth?
Concrete policeman are still a favorite in the countryside of Japan, although most of the statues sadly are slowly being switched to stylized, reflective police silhouettes shown in the bottom photo.
Finally, here’s a solution to Japan’s laid-back/moribund economy*…
Japanese wartime slogan:
"Lower living standards,
raise the flag!"
MT @ThinkSmart2011 @masafumi_yoshi: 今日の安倍政権を見ているようだ pic.twitter.com/TcNaovlpnL— Anthony Davis (@ozAntinnippon) September 3, 2014
@pianistkantaku—The coin lockers in the Nagoya City Science Museum have Intelligent Design!
Tokyo is making good progress in preparing for their hosting of the 2020 Olympics…
Other 3Yen reports about Japan’s “Special Olympics” venues and architecture include:
Japanese Candy Strippers*—Ya gotta love ‘em.
*As opposed to Candy Stripers.
Omiya-Minami High School of Saitama Prefecture won the 23rd High School Manga Championship of Japan with a reinterpreted cartoon of the priority seating sign (R) found on Japanese trains.
According to Ky0d0 News (2014-Aug-08) this winning manga depicts:
children sitting on priority seats on trains and striking poses similar to the signs above them for those eligible for the seats.”
A few of the many previous reports on the 3Yen of priority seating and train manners* in Japan include: