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7/19/2014

Mt Fuji is ready to spew!

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The Huffington Post | 07/17/2014

Mount Fuji is primed to spew.

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“Our work does not say that the volcano will start erupting, but it does show that it’s in a critical state,” lead author Florent Brenguier, a researcher at the Institute of Earth Sciences in Francemore...

The last time Mt. Fuji blew was the Hōei eruption was in 1707 and comparatively not many people lived nearby and no deaths (Wiki). Today, a larger eruption would affect a 80km radius—Several million people could be hit because the base of Mt. Fuji is now an urban area of the city of Gotemeba. One estimate predicts that a major eruption would cause 750,000 refugees (Japan Today / 2014Feb09).


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7/17/2014

It came from outer space, the Harujuku Oort Cloud

Japan’s premier astrophysical research center, TokyoFashion.com, recently captured these images of shironuri* artist Minori —a spherical cloud of predominantly icy planetesimals largely composed of ices, such as water, ammonia, and methane— whose nearly isotropic obit frequents the Harajuku fashion district of Tokyo.

*For more about Japan’s shironuri fashion micro-subculture, refer to its brief Wikipedia entry and my previous report:

A whitewashed artiste (3Yen / 2013-12-22)


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7/10/2014

Dateline Japan: BIG RACCOON IS COMING!

The big wind, Typhoon NEOGURI (aka “Raccoon”), will be attacking Tokyo in the next 12-to-24 hours!

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Japan Meteorological Agency, Tropical Cyclone Information

UPDATED MAP…


TETRAPODS TO THE RESCUE (not)!

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Auctions.Yahoo.co.jp / goofy Google Translate
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• Realistic wave-dissipating block tetrapods
The safe even if you put it in your bath since it has a glass coating on the concrete.
Big-wave-dissipating concrete block tetrapods of the sea can now be in the palm of your hand. Its charmingIro-gata /ultra-smooth concrete texture…is clean and safe for use in the aquariums with aquatic plants and saltwater or freshwater fish…
People say that ardent fans of tetrapods feel healed by them somehow.
Who could not notice the charm of tetrapods?!
Here are plenty to enjoy, please try to experience by all means now!

 
 


Check out our previous reports about the useless concrete tetrapods that despoil Japan’s shores including:


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7/8/2014

Japan: 1st become poop-head. 2nd, get flushed.

Learning early about corporate Japan:
   • First, you must become a poop-head.
   • Second, you get flushed.

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The above photos are from The Asahi News (in Japanese, Bing Translator) showing the current “Poo Wizards” exhibition at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo’s Odaiba district. This toilet and poo-themed event is just in time for summer vacation from school. Also on display in various exhibits about the environment, sewage treatment, and of course, said-openeveryday life through the toilet.said-closed

For more info about the “Poo Wizards” exhibition, refer to the official website of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (in Japanese, Bing Translator).
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A few of the previous poop posts include:


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7/6/2014

Keitai Zombies of Tokyo

VLC-logo“Keitai” is cellphone in Japanese, and “Zombie” is just a typical Tokyoite.


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Actually, the schoolgirl above using VLC (videolan media player on her mobile phone) is less stupid than most typical Tokyo tossers.
Right now I am preparing for an adventure in Shibuya …with all the stairs and battling the Keitai Zombies (歩きスマホ) (Japanese “smartphone” users wandering aimlessly while texting) knocking into me on crutches, grrr.

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Simulation shows the chaotic consequences of walking in Shibuya while staring at your phone
RocketNews24 | 2014/04/01…


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7/5/2014

Look out Godzilla!

A kaiju/monster crawled up the banks of Kyoto's fetid Kamogawa River this morning: The scary "Osanshouo"—Giant Japanese salamander!

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According to the Japanese TV news reports, 1972 was the last time the Osanshouo was seen in the concreted banks of Kyoto’s Kamogawa River.


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6/16/2014

Japan’s own stealth fighter prototype spotted

Although it’s red and white paint job doesn’t look too stealthful, this leaked photo of Japan new China-killer stealth fighter jet will make the continuing friction between Japan and China more “interesting.”

Is this Japan’s First Indigenous Stealth Jet Prototype?
theaviationist.com | June 14, 2014
A leaked image may show the famous Mitsubishi’s ATD-X Shinshin stealth fightermore
AT-X-first-look..


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6/5/2014

Japan’s drip, drip, drip…

Remember the Fukushima Meltdown of 2011 (Wiki)?
It has been more than three years since the disaster and Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant is still drip, drip, dripping…

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Previous posts about the Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown on the 3Yen include:
   • TEPCO’s Valentine for Japan (3Yen / 2013-10-17)
   • Cthulhu mascot for the radioactive coast (3Yen / 2013-10-17)
   • Radioactive pigs over-run Fukushima! (3Yen / 2013-09-25)
   • TEPCO admits the Fukushima nuclear leak is ’serious’


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6/1/2014

Tokyo: hot ‘n’ DEADLY

Thanks the coal-burning, toxin-spewing China, Tokyo is now DEADLY as well as waaaay to hot —Today’s high will be 34 degrees C (93.2℉).

—Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI): aqicn.org/city/japan…

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The weird thing is:
white space is good for the soul•When I visited Tokyo as young boy for the 1964 Olympics, the air quality was about as bad as Los Angeles at the time.
•Later, when I shipwrecked on the shores of mid-1980s “Bubble Japan*” I was pleasantly surprised to find Tokyo air quality to be superior to many US cities like LA, Chicago, Denver, etc.
•Now, Tokyo has returned a being a toxic‘n’hot hellhole thanks to China, grrr.


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5/16/2014

Japanese Moon Sweat®

Japan’s most unfortunately-named* product, Pocari Sweat™, has gone into space and now it’s going to the moon!
Named the “LUNAR DREAM CAPSULE PROJECT,” Pocari plans to place a titanium can of their SWEAT on the first private moon landing scheduled for October 2015. Watch the “Dream” video below and visit their official website for details. And remember Pocari’s LUNAR DREAM slogan:

ASTROSCALE DRILL YOU©!

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