Originally, these Buddha cones (actually Jizo cones) were an art project of Mr. Hasegawa that became a minor commercial success because they have an actual purpose.
Japan has many temples and often these undermanned places are the only open and green spots in the cities. These temples make tempting places to illegally park. Putting a “face” on these Don’t-Park-Here cones increases compliance. Also, traffic cones and barriers are placed in quiet areas that attract the endless hords of drunk salaryman looking for places to pee—Who is going to pee on Buddha, even an orange conehead one?
Previous reports of Coneheads in Japan on the 3Yen include:
Must be JAPAN!
Shibuya flushes away stained reputation of having filthy toilets
Asahi News Sept. 26, 2015
…once derided a restroom in the young people’s fashion district of Harajuku as “the world’s dirtiest,” today it has been cleaned up and transformed into the “Sushi Ninja Toilet.”
The once-filthy toilet was “adopted” by Genco Inc., an anime production company…and its Sushi Ninja character is now plastered on the exterior…more…
A few of the dozens of 3Yen reports of Japan’s ″ unique″ toilet technology include:
Poll: 37.6% of single young Japanese don’t want romantic partners
The Asahi Shimbun | July 10, 2015
Nearly half of unattached young Japanese are not seeking romantic partners because the effort is “troublesome,” a government survey showed…37.6 percent of the 761 respondents in their 20s and 30s who were not in a relationship said they do not want a romantic partner. Among them, 46.2 percent cited “troublesome” as the reason, followed by 45.1 percent who said they want to “focus on hobbies”…continues…
Increasingly, the typical Japanese solution to such “troublesome” romance is shown by Marica Hase (まりか) and her "hobby"–a Sybian FcukingMachine* (obviously a ÑṠFW link ↓).
Previous reports about Japan’s hi-tech wanking industry on the 3Yen include:
I can remember when this “West” was opening in 1995—so new and exciting.
Now the excitement of the West has waned—sort of like me.
Here in Tokyo we are in the throes of the fifth season of Japan’s venerated Four Seasons*: the Rainy Season.
And with the rainy season comes a billion brollies bringing on bashes ‘n’ clashes like the following report.
Man in coma after being hit in eye by umbrella in fight with colleague
JAPAN TODAY | 2015-June-28
Previous reports of Japanese bolly violence on the 3Yen include:
The Asahi.com (2015-June-23, in Japanese) is reporting that the:
100-year-old Silver Cup is a tax waste. Outside business experts have recommended they stop giving away silver cups to Japanese celebrating their 100th birthday.
In a review of excessive government spending, business experts have recommended to the Ministry of Health that such expenditures for elderly be curtailed.
In the 2014 fiscal year 31,500 cups had to be prepared each costing about 8,000 yen ($69 USD) per person for a total budget of 298 million yen ($226,391 USD).
Previous 3Yen reports of aging/dying/dead Japan include:
I stumbled across these happy helmets, dubbed the Mask of Soul, that the Japanese designer Tomomi Sayuda created to help relieve stress of office workers.
Prior Art† of these Happy Helmets for squirrelly sadsack salarymen covered on the 3Yen includes:
“Cool Biz” is a campaign of the Japanese Ministry of the Environment to promote a “liberal” summer dress code to reduce electricity consumption needed for air conditioning (Wiki).
Previous reports “Cool Biz” on the 3Yen include:
″ June is: get rid of illegal foreign workers month in Japan.″ –@devintstewart
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.
Previous reports “Yokoso Japan” on the 3Yen include:
The mysterious Japanese concept of ‘moe’—the pseudo-romanic devotion to manga and anime girls (Wiki)–has gained more mystery military-wise with these recruiting posters popping up in Chiba just west of Tokyo.
The wisdom of appealing to wimpy otaku/nerd market would seem counterproductive to Japan’s military needs
Previous reports of ‘moe’ on the 3Yen include: