Cute Cthulhu has a brand-new name and a fun new gig in Japan!
Loose character/floppy mascot* “Araippe”
Oarai city in Ibaraki Prefecture has a problem. The city is down the coast (Google Maps)) from the continuing Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster. Needless to say tourism is way, waaaay down in Oarai, and they are hoping their new mascot “Araippe” will boost the number of visitors to the area.
According to various Japanese press releases such as the Asahi Shimbun (2013 Oct. 17–Google Translate), their new mascot “Araippe” is made up of the local seafood specialties. As shown below, Araippe’s “charm point” is his coat of whitebait (one of my favorite Japanese delicacies) that hangs his body like hair. Araippe’s mouth is a clam another local delicacy, and his tail is a clam rake.
Araippe is further described as a vivacious boy who loves fireworks, and who shakes around all the time as he is so happy.
However, Japanese social media is not so positive about Araippe. The reaction on Twitter Japan is that Araippe looks like a “mass of tentacles” or “Medusa” and is “creepy” and “gross.” Even the mayor of Oarai city said that Araippe, “looks like an old mop.”
“Whitebait” is the immature fry of fish that are 25 and 35 millimeters long. In the market here Japan, I buy trays (see left) of whitebait called “Shirasu” for a reasonable price, 300 to 500 yen–about $3 to 5 USD. Typically Shirasu/whitebait is blanched in salt water and served on top of rice as shown below. (Wiki)
The continuing jellyfish invasion has been causing a havoc at nuclear power plants clogging them and shutting them down in Japan (3Yen / 2012-10-27) and throughout the world (tomonews.net / 2013-10-03).
KILLER ROBOTS!…the JEROS—Jellyfish Elimination Robotic Swarm.
Robot meant to remove jellyfish might just be making more jellyfish
October 7, 2013, 1:34 p.m.
…Developed by a team of engineers in Korea, JEROS is a robot designed for destroying jellyfish swarms, like the one that recently clogged the cooling pipes at a nuclear power plant…
Animated GIFs via nmatv.tumblr.com
Previous 3Yen reports over the years about these mad jellies include:
—PANIC! Killer jellyfish invading Japan! (3Yen / 2008-02-09)
—INVASION OF THE NUCLEAR JELLYFISH! (3Yen / 2006-07-20)
—The Attack of the Killer Jellyfish! (3Yen / 2007-02-20)
—Attack of the giant jellyfish! (3Yen / 2005-12-08)
Den4, the 3Yen’s correspondent-at-large reports:
Tako-chan is very angry that Tepco is contaminating his threshold…now on the hunt for Prime Minister Abe for lying to the world about his leaking bowel syndrome …
Is an authentic three-legged race coming for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics?
French Fukushima cartoon offends Japan
theguardian.com | /2013/sep/12
…the satirical weekly Le Canard Enchaine, shows two sumo wrestlers – each with an extra arm or leg – with the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the background…a TV announcer dressed in a hazardous materials suit says:
“Marvelous! Thanks to Fukushima, sumo is now an Olympic sport.” ↓
Making the rounds in twitter #Japan:
Housing for Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Housing for Fukushima refugees
Fukushima’s nuclear Dead-Zone reporting by 3Yen correspondent, MARKed TRAIL: Via Hiroko Tabuchi (@HirokoTabuchi)’s twitter | September 9, 2013
Some dingdong who refuses to leave the 20 km dead zone around the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdowns, has found that his pet cows (the cattle cannot be sold and he has collected compensation already) have spots. Oh noes! Cows with spots!
“White spots” on Fukushima cattle ignored by Japanese officials
Channel NewsAsia — 29 Aug 2013
…Following the Fukushima nuclear disaster, farmer Masami Yoshizawa kept his cattle alive to monitor changes due to prolonged radiation exposure. Now, mysterious white spots on the fur and skin are appearing on 10 of his Japanese black cattle.
As revelations about continued problems around the nuclear plant emerged, it should be a major concern for Japan’s agricultural business. But so far, nothing has been said about the issue.
Kazuo Suzuki, the Ministry of Agriculture official responsible for livestock within the 20 kilometre exclusion zone, was informed of the white spots by Mr Yoshizawa when he visited Mr Yoshizawa’s farm in December 2012.
Meanwhile with this week’s revelation that 300 tons of water contaminated with radioactive material has gushed out of Fukushima, the real concern is how much is the Japanese government lying about the fallout from Fukushima (Newstalk / 2013Aug29).
You have probably heard recently on the news about massive radioactive leaks at the Fukushima nuclear powerplant meltdown has raised the alarm over seafood safety (Japan Times/ 2013Aug23). Although, a staggering 40 trillion becquerels of radioactive tritium, 20 trillion becquerels of cesium and 10 trillion becquerels of strontium may have flowed into the sea (Ibid.), the immediate danger is that Pacific seafood’s already toxic levels of mercury for children and pregnant women (3Yen / 2010-04-26), now has been shown to be rapidly rising.
Mercury contamination in fish expected to rise in coming decades
CBS News — August 26, 2013
→ WARNING: Autostart video.
In a study published Aug. 25 in the journal Nature Geoscience, University of Michigan researchers say that mercury produced by the coal-burning power plants in these northern Pacific countries travels thousands of miles through the air before rainfall deposits it on the ocean floor…From there, it’s passed on to humans who consume contaminated Pacific Ocean fish, such as tuna and swordfish...more…
And, if the nuke meltdown and mercury doesn’t bother you, the following report of the World Health Organization, seafood is the most significant source of arsenic in food…
W.H.O. — Chapter 6.1 Arsenic | Pg. 4
…The amount of arsenic ingested daily by humans via food is greatly influenced by the amount of
seafood in the diet. The intake in Japan, where the diet has a large seafood component, is higher
than that in Europe and the United States (Table 1). The diet in Japan was found to contain 5.7–
17% inorganic arsenic, 1.1–3.6% monomethylarsonate (MMA), 6.6–27% dimethylarsinate (DMA)
and 47.9–75.2% arsenobetaine…more…
Previous 3Yen reports on the toxic hazards of Japan’s fishy cuisine include:
• Evidence of Mad-Hatter syndrome in Japan (3Yen / 2010-02-24)
• Death Metal Sushi! (3Yen / 2010-04-26)
• How about some nice grilled whale with mercury sauce? (3Yen / 2007-08-02)
• Bluefin tuna — Black market
In yet another sign of the coming Apocalypse….
Hey child abusers in Tokyo!
Don’t eat the the fucking saury—mackerel pike* ↑ (NHK News / 2013aug20)!
Japan nuclear watchdog may raise leak to ’serious’
Associated Press | August 21, 2013
… Japanese nuclear watchdog on Wednesday said they are taking the leakage of highly radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant seriously, and proposed raising the rating to describe it from “an anomaly” to a “serious incident.”
RIght now the radiation levels in Tokyo are much less than natural background radiation in my home in Colorado—No worries at all. However, I wonder what (if any) contingency plans resident gaijin(foreigners) with children have made to bug-out of Kanto–the greater Tokyo area—if Fukushima degrades rapidly. (My plans are to drive or take my sea kayak south of Kanto and catch train/plane/public transport to my Rice Ranch in Shikoku to my place in Beak Creek, Colorado.)
As I mentioned this morning’s report: Obon — Japanese ghosts’ holiday (3Yen / 2013-08-10)—Right now is a holiday weekend only fit for the Spirits of the Dead.
That is, the temp has topped 35C°/95F° and the air pollution near my house at Tokyo’s Nakamagome, Ota Ward is rated, “Unhealthy”…
Actually, all of Asia is a Day-of-the-Dead Zone right now…
Air Pollution in Asia — Real Time