New year…New Japanese girlfriend

For the new year, here’s your new Japanese girlfriend, Ms Kosaka Cocona (高坂ここなちゃん).

Cocona-chan is a creation of Speecys Corporation, which they describe her as a ‵‵life-size large motion figure platform.′′ Here on the 3Yen, first covered a “species” aka Speecys-FC ™ way back in 2005. The goal Cocona-chan is: 『 必要な場所に美しい関節を自由に設置できる 』
‵‵To put beautiful joints easily everywhere you need.′′

In the below video, check out what the company calls: “Cocona and her bones dancing together.”


A summary of the Speecys’ patented technology. Previously on the 3Yen we covered Speecys Corporation’s Robot-son-of-a-bitchaibo.


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Are ‘we’ a mountain or a tapeworm?


Yamao, a mascot for Kyoiku University in Osaka, is based on a mountain near the campus. mondo-mascots
— Mondo Mascots (@mondomascots) January 3, 2019


Yuumi-chama, the patron goddess of the 3Yen writes:
A little known fact about the mascot Yamao-kun (やまおくん) is that before the Meguro Parasitological Museum‘s endowment funding problems*, he used to be their tapeworm mascot Sanadomushi/サナダムシ (L), even though now he claims to be “based on a mountain.”


サナダムシ マスコットキャラクター

Also check out our previous post, Tomoko, the 70 year old tapeworm (3Yen | 2016-04-10) who’s still going strong.



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My hovercraft is NOT full of eels

Mai hobaakurafuto izu nato furu obu iiruzu” My hovercraft is full of eels 私のホバークラフトは鰻が一杯です {Wiki}

Just a few of our many previous eel and hovercraft reports include:
. . . Happy Eel Day in Japan (3Yen / 2011-07-21)
. . . How do you smuggle eels?(3Yen / 2009-07-16)
. . . Japan’s hovercraft crisis!(3Yen / 2007-06-13)
. . . ‘My Japanese hovercraft’s eels are full(3Yen / 2006-07-23)
. . . Mysterious spawning site of Japanese elvers revealed!
. . . . . .(3Yen / 2006-02-23)

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One of the amusing things about living in Japan, is seeing the endless variety of totally bogus health items being promoted. From fraudulent nose-altering clips (3Yen / 2010-08-03) to goofy “O” leg (3Yen / 2006-02-06) and
hinky Japanese school nurses offering ‘Ball Relief’ (3Yen / 2010-09-15), Japan is awash with medical quackery. So you can imagine my surprise with the release of the following research study supporting the claims of Japan’s super-silly facial rollers.


Ready for a close-up:
The science behind face massage rollers

Tokyo Institute Of Technology | 9-Nov-2018
Facial massaging using a roller can increase skin blood flow for more than ten minutes after the massage. It can also improve vasodilation — the widening of blood vessels
One surprising outcome was the duration of the effect immediately after the five-minute massage. “The increase in skin blood flow after applying the massage roller persisted much longer than we had expected,” the researchers say in their study published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine. “Short-term mechanical stimulation by a facial massage roller increased skin blood flow for more than ten minutes solely in the massaged cheek.”
In the long-term experiment, the researchers examined the effects of daily massage on the right cheek over a five-week period. They also examined the reactivity of facial blood vessels to a heat stimulus, involving application of a heating probe set at 40°C, in order to test whether there were any changes in vascular dilation response.


The problem is that this research study found a temporary “increase in skin blood flow” but that does not equate to better looking skin any most than gettin slapped in the face. This typically vague Japanese “scientific” research does not really make/support/claim any benefit.


Squid drought of Japan


Japanese towns that thrive on once-abundant squid suffer as numbers decline at alarming rate
The Japan Times | Nov 1, 2018
fluctuations in ocean temperatures, years of overfishing and lax regulatory oversight have drastically depleted populations of the translucent squid in waters around Japan
[it’s] the lowest harvest since the national fisheries cooperative started keeping records more than 30 years ago.



Well, spank my daddy…


A few of our many other squiddly reports include:



Daleks demonstrate Diarrhea Death Ray in Japan!


Japan’s Daleks demonstrate their Diarrhea Death Ray dominance in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics!


Robot security guard to be tested at Tokyo station in bid to boost security ahead of 2020 Gamesn-robot-a-20181026-200x200
The Japan Times | Oct. 25, 2018
A robot developed to serve as a security guard at train stations was shown to the press Thursday amid a growing need to boost safety in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics[as shown on the right photo] the robot is equipped with an AI-powered security camera, reports on a sick person in a demonstration in Tokyo on Thursday…more…

Our previous reports of the Daleks in Japan include:


Free WiFi in Tokyo, meh




Via @sxexnxa


Our previous reports of the sad state of Japan’s crappy WiFi include:



Sushi for sharks—seagrass belted with squid?

Sushi for sharks?
According to this research paper’s illustrations (L), these newly-discovered omnivores, Bonnethead sharks, seeming snack on sushi: seagrass belted with squid—Sort of the reverse of traditional nigiri: sushi having fish and rice belted with seaweed.nigiri-selection_300x


Bonnethead shark (Sphyrna tiburo)


Scientists find the first plant-eating shark — but it still likes to hunt | 2018-Sept-6
Bonnethead sharks are not only consuming copious amount of seagrass but they are actually capable of digesting and assimilating seagrass nutrients, making them clear omnivores,” the researchers {Leigh et al.} wrote in their study.


A few of our previous reports of sharks include:



Squid named ‘Happy’

Squid have two arms and eight tentacles.
So.. “Happy,” the eleven-tentacled squid, is aptly named.
Happy’s 11th appendage is an example a squid penile elongation, which has been observed to be as long as the mantle, head, and arms combined.

Our previous squid tentacled reports include:


Let’s NUKE China happy!!~

We need to NUKE China happy!!~


Right now Tokyo is being attacked by Chinese toxic waste—We’re having an air pollution Red Alert only because of China, grrr. That is, I have TWO air purifiers running full blast, and even that can’t clean the that damn Chinese toxic-waste “Yellow Dust” aka koza/コザ/黄砂/Aeolian-Gobi Desert dust full of industrial poisons out of the foul air, ahchoo!

chinese bio-war, kola