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8/18/2014

‘Intelligent Design’ revered in Japan

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@pianistkantaku—The coin lockers in the Nagoya City Science Museum have Intelligent Design!

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8/15/2014

Tokyo 2020 Special Olympics

Tokyo is making good progress in preparing for their hosting of the 2020 Olympics…

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Other 3Yen reports about Japan’s “Special Olympics” venues and architecture include:old-wheelchair-symbol


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8/12/2014

‘Candy Strippers’ in Japan

Japanese Candy Strippers*—Ya gotta love ‘em.

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*As opposed to Candy Stripers.


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8/9/2014

A real winner for Japan’s High School Manga Championship

priority seating tokyo metro trainOmiya-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:
said-openchildren sitting on priority seats on trains and striking poses similar to the signs above them for those eligible for the seats.”

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【速報】第23回まんが甲子園 決勝結果! ペン児のみんな感動をありがとう! — まんが王国・土佐 (@mangaoukokutosa) Aug 3, 2014

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A few of the many previous reports on the 3Yen of priority seating and train manners* in Japan include:


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8/7/2014

Terror strikes the streets of Tokyo!

Bad, bad backhoe…

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Excavator vs. phone line
Via Photocapy’s flickr
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7/23/2014

Satanic, turncoat Doraemon

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Doraemon (L) has been Japan’s most beloved character since 1969 (3Yen / 2014-02-14). However, Doraemon has gone turncoat and has announced he will be working for Disney Corporation (Examiner.com), meh.

Unexpectedly satanic Doraemon

at Roppongi Hills

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pic.twitter.com/JwNftCxS7F — Dusan Farrington(@quillspatter) July 19, 2014

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In case you were wondering what the joke is all about…
The satanic passport is a parody of the Japanese passport (right), and Roppongi Hills has Japan’s highest concentration of foreign firms and whinging* foreign employees.

*For most part, they’re rightfully whinging
employees since Japan has an unenviable
working (& living) situation compared to
the upper-middle class environment that
the foreigners came from (or aspire to).


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6/3/2014

Signage for the ‘invisible’ catching on in Japan

Is this a place for a Japanese firing squad or a parking place?

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No, wait. This has gotta be one of these Japanese roadside memorial (Wiki) for somebody stabbed in the heart by a samurai in this parking lot.

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Dang, wrong again.
It’s a parking place for gimpy cows!

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Badges for ‘invisible disabilities’ catching on
The Japan Times | 2014 June 02
…People with invisible impediments can be those with heart, kidney and liver conditions. Like people with visible physical disabilities or visual and hearing problems, they are eligible for physical disability certificates
To enhance public awareness, Shirai’s non-profit Heart Plus organization created a “heart plus” symbol in 2003 to signify an internal ailmentmore...


Now I just have to figure out What all these mysterious Japanese car stickers are? (3Yen / 2009-03-01)
Could the “Blue Shamrock” car sticker mean that the Japanese driver is handicapped by too much Irish whiskey? ...details...
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4/27/2014

More Japanese FUKKIN’

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Mo’ betta than our reports on the
1) Japanese Fukking Contest (3Yen | 2012-03-12)

and the

2) “Fuckin’ Sale” (3Yen / 2012-01-05)

 
in the following “Fukkin’” seat.

*Just a reminder that “Fukkin” is the Japanese word for ‘abs’ and sit-ups fukking.kanji listen.


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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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