HAPPY″ in Fujisawa just south of Yokohama…

Previous spurious reportsHAPPY″ in Japan on the 3Yen include:


‘Fungus Rice Sands’ (only in Japan)

Fungus.Rice.SandsIt’s the little details that make living in Japan so entertaining. In this case “Sands” is an abbreviation of the possessive “Sandwich’s” rather than “Sandwiches,” the plural of all the fun “Fungus Rice” between slices of bread they’re selling.

I’m sure that John Montagu, Fourth Earl Sandwich*, would have approved.


Previous Japanese “Sand” reports on the 3Yen include:


Heil mein Führer Abe!

defaced-abeTokyo cops arrest man for adding Hitler moustaches to Abe posters
Tokyo Reporter | 2015-Sep-27
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday announced the arrest of a 71-year-old manTakeshi Muto is alleged to have used an oil-based pen to draw a narrow moustache, very similar to that made famous by Adolf Hitler, on an image of Abe appearing on a poster hanging on a fence inside a parking lot inMachida City


The elderly vandal admitted to police his guilt saying that, in considering the current government, it was unavoidable.″
The rest-of-the-story is that Japan’s current Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has undemocratically rammed through changes to the Japanese Constitution in the past weeks and supports “revisionist” histories of WWII in school textbooks and the press (the Japanese equivalent of Holocaust denying).


Previous 3Yen reports about the already conservative Japan’s shift to right-wing extremism on the include:


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.

Previous reports of Japanese Dog Days of grilled Eels on the 3Yen include:


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…


Previous reports the craptacular 2020 Tokyo Olympics on the 3Yen include:


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


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

Previous reports “Yokoso Japan” on the 3Yen include: