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10/13/2014

Blacker ‘Black Ships’ for Japan

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.

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10/12/2014

KOBAN japanesque…

Below are photos of a typical neighborhood police substation in Japan—aka “police box”—which is nearly always labeled in the Roman letters “KOBAN” (koban-kanji Wiki).

You might wonder goes on in a Japanese Koban/police box—think Koncho...
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To learn more about the fun “Koncho” Japanese poking game refer to the previous 3Yen reports…

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10/3/2014

Neo Tokyo Fooding Bar Mysterious

Friend of the 3Yen, Mulboyne, writes:
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‘Neo Tokyo Fooding Bar Mysterious’ sounds like a parody Japanese restaurant name. It isn't: http://t.co/QThVY8rGpQ

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— Mulboyne (@Mulboyne) October 2, 2014


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10/2/2014

If you meet the Buddha in the road…

Another Lost in Translation moment of zen in Harajuku, Tokyo:

You Buff, We Paint street art.

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If you meet the Buddha in the road, kill him.
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9/29/2014

Separated at birth?

Japanese concrete policemen vs the UK’s "traffic stoppers" in Leicester — Separated at birth?


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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.

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9/3/2014

Japan’s best economic solution

Finally, here’s a solution to Japan’s laid-back/moribund economy*

Japanese wartime slogan:

"Lower living standards,
                 raise the flag!"

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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


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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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