Eel bread for the Dog Days

Last week was Eel Eating Day, Doyo-no-ushinohi, when folks here celebrate with the custom of eating grilled eel to gain stamina to beat the horrid heat of Japan. Only problem is the Japanese have eaten most of their endangered eels and now have resorted to substitutes…
eel-bread_500sidebar-quote longpottiiino.tumblr.com (Google Translate)
Eel bread of Dog Days … Anything goes …
(as seen at the Nikke Colton Plaza in Chiba Prefecture)

Eating eel on Ox Day (ushi-no-hi) was on July 24 and again on August 2-ish thanks the vagaries of the old and new Japanese calendar.
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Logo for 2020 Tokyo Olympics, meh

2020-logo-fixedIt’s official, meh.
Or, as one Olympics journalist quipped…
the Tokyo 2020 logo, looks like something you’d see at the top of a stereo manual from the 1980s—The Infinite Curve.
 

sidebar-quote long Organizers reveal emblem for 2020 Tokyo Olympics
The Japan Times | July 25, 2015olympic-logo-textMore…

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Welcome to Monday morning Japan

This sign is advertises a “Morning Set” breakfast special of a beer or rot-gut shochu and a snack. Starting out the work week right is a breakfast set offer in Osaka, beer or chuhai (juice and shochu), with a boiled egg and shio kombu/seaweed for Y350 yen.
Now this is my kind of Monday morning!

 


‘Nice smoking’ Japan

Japan Tobacco Inc. has an alt slogan in addition to their ubiquitous “Smoking Clean” campaign…

Nice day, Nice smoking

sidebar-quote long @Huw_Griffith 4:01pm – 2015 July 15
Nice day, Nice smoking pic.twitter.com/AKUdmcz2xM


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Previous reports Japanese smoking on the 3Yen include:
  • Japan is Smoking Cleaner(tm) (3Yen / 2009-08-15/)
  • Japan Tobacco: No farting while smoking (3Yen / 2010-01-16)
  • ‘Smorking’ fun (3Yen / 2011-10-26)

 


The Tokyo subway anti-cosplay campaign?

July’s new “manner” poster on the Tokyo Metro seems to be either directed against:
   • Anti-cosplay on the trains, or
   • Prohibiting French aristocracy from using public transport

tokyo manner metro-poster-july-2015

metro manners in japanese
Previous 3Yen reports Toyko train manners on the 3Yen include:

 



June is ‘Go Away Gaijin’ month

June is: get rid of illegal foreign workers month in Japan.″ –@devintstewartwlecom-to-japan

This a banner hanging in Tokyo’s Shinagawa Station reminding foreigners of Yokoso/welcome on their way to the Shinagawa Immigration Center Japan’s largest alien processing center.

Yokoso” means welcome.
Yokoso Japan means Welcome to Japan

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Mo’ military “moe”

The mysterious Japanese concept of ‘moe’—the pseudo-romanic devotion to manga and anime girls (Wiki)–has gained more mystery military-wise with these recruiting posters popping up in Chiba just west of Tokyo.
we want you
The wisdom of appealing to wimpy otaku/nerd market would seem counterproductive to Japan’s military needs

Prior Art?
prior-art

 
 
 
 


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Wankers of the World Unite!

Otaku wankers prove their worth…
…With this counter demonstration in Tokyo’s otaku/geek district, Akihabara, on May 17th fielded 1,000 protesters* against the tiny right-wing “Zaitokukai” anti-foreigner march.
The banner below says:
Otaku are all one nation—NO BORDERS.

no-borders秋葉原で「在日外国人は出て行け」系のデモをやっててそのデモに反対する人がこんな段幕を掲げていた.そう.オタクに国境はないのだ.—Simon_Sin(@Simon_Sin) 2015May18

brett fujiokaThe Otaku [geeks] were holding a pro-foreigner demonstration. Against the Zaitokukai [right-wing protest party].
     Brett Fujioka (@Brett_Fujioka) May 17, 2015

Here a glimpse of the anti-foreigner march of the neo-nazi Zaitokukai (Wiki) that the counter demonstration was protesting against. As you can see, the counter-protesting otaku vastly outnumbered the Zaitokukai crazies.


anti-korean-protests
Why does the Zaitokukai hate foreigners so much? Well most importantly these hated “foreigners” aren’t even really foreign.

These so-called “foreigners” are mostly Japanese born and raised Koreans and to smaller extent naturalized, Japanese-passport carrying Chinese and Brazil-Japanese. The Zaitokukai is a Japanese political organization that seeks to eliminate perceived privileges† extended to foreigners with “Special Foreign Resident” status who are mostly Zainichi Koreans (Wiki).
†The “privileges” are mostly welfare for single mothers and elderly (50,000yen/month, about $420 USD). Only 0.7 percent of the total population in Japanese receives welfare benefits (NY Times) and the total number of these faux-foreigners receiving benefits is infinitesimally small.


Previous reports right-wing fun in Japan on the 3Yen include:

 


DO! GOGO!

Q: What should you do during GW—Golden Week—Japan’s weeklong national holiday (Wiki) this week when vacation/travel prices triple?
do-mall_logoA: DO! MALL!

do-mall-combo

In case you were wondering why this “DO! MALL!” looks familiar. The AEON malls’ campaign girl is Kill Bill’s Gogo Yubari aka Chiaki Kuriyama (Wiki) .
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Previous Golden Week reports on the 3Yen include: