Tokyo newest attraction: ‘Pachinko Station Gundam’!

An entirely new train station appeared overnight—“Pachinko Gundam Station”—Tokyo’s newest tourist attraction on the JR Ome Line in the Akishima distict according to the iPhone 5’s official Map app.


New iPhone’s default mapping software displays facilities at wrong sites
Mainichi News | 2012/09/22
iPhone 5 of Apple Inc. has been struggling to fix the popular smartphone’s new default iOS6 mapping application, which many users said was displaying some facilities at wrong places and had other errors…the new Maps app, developed by Apple itself, showed Hibiya High School on the premises of the Prime Minister’s Office in Tokyo, while the company “Daio Paper” appeared in an area that is actually Haneda Airport …more…

I guess the Japanese government plan to build Gundams (3Yen / 2012-06-27) has become a reality, ri-i-i-ight?
Related Gundam News:
   • GUNDAM RETURNS TO TOKYO! (3Yen / 2012-02-03)
   • So many Gundams that a hotel was needed (3Yen / 2012-06-07)
   • Gundam’s Big Gun (and bigger balls) (3Yen / 2007-07-20)

gundum big gun and bigger balls
Rare view in the above photo is Gundam’s
dual-ball, base-mounted cannon—the secret
prototype of his “large mega PLEASURE particle gun x1.

Multi-tool for Japanese ricers

maki rice roll marker smart-han takara-tomy
Making maki , Japanese rice rolls, is easy especially with the right tools that we reported on yesterday—The Smart Han in hand (3Yen / 2012-09-15). One of our readers, Coligny, astutely pointed out that the “Smart Han” (L) device has, “got nothing on the Fleshlight*.”

However, the pure product of Japan tech, the “Tenga EGG” is superior for Japanese balls … rice balls and others.

As perfect multi-use tool for Japanese ricers, the various types of Tenga shown below are already setup to press out Japanese balls, large and small.

tenga maki-coffin  making rice roll device

Using the Tenga EGG — twister orange
tenga ona-cup-instructions ..

Also check out the previous Tenga post here on the 3Yen (2010-07-17): Danny Choo waxes his dolphin

Crane lifts the world’s largest hemp joint into worship position in Japan

A hell of load of hemp!—Four and half tons of a new sacred hemp rope is shown below being lifted into Kaguraden Hall of the Izumo Taisha Shrine on July 9th in Taisha, Shimane Prefecture, Japan. According to The Asahi Shimbun (via Getty Images) the Shinto shrine’s rope was renewed for the 1st time in four years and it took six and half hours to get it into a “high” position of hemp-full worship.
Notice the hot hemp maidens praying for love in the lower half of the above photo. Izumo Taisha is one of the most important Shinto shrines in Japan and is thought to favor those hoping for luck in love.

Learn more about the shrine at

Shimenawa Izumo Taisha shrine japan  sacred rope at Kaguraden Hall
Shimenawa at Izumo-Taisha Shrine via Wikipedia

Japanese ‘Train Manners’ spread Down Under!

google search tokyo train manners posters ..

train-manners-navigation As you can see in the above Google Image Search and in the navigation column on the right, the Tokyo Metro’s “Train Manners” posters are a continual source of amusement to the 3Yen, especially the classic “Please do it at home” series by the Japanese graphics artist, Bunpei Yorifuj, (3Yen / 2009-08-06).

You can imagine my delight in seeing the Queensland Rail in Australia has decided to copy the Japanese poster campaign for train manners as tweeted by “Durf” below.

train manners  Please do it at home Twitter  Durf

queensland-rail train etiquette durf tweet


UPDATE: Oops, I’ve been had!
Read the rest-of-the-story in the Comments…

Heights of tackiness in Tokyo

The Tokyo Reporter just reminded* me that today the kitschy Tokyo “Sky Tree” was officially recognized this week by the Guinness Book of Records as the World’s Tallest Stalinist Freestanding Tower (Asahi News).

Refer to the previous 3Yen posts on Tokyo’s grim gray Stalinist style of concrete architecture:
. . . → &#9762 A Sky Tree Grows In Tokyo (3Yen / 2010-04-15)
. . . → ☣ Ill Machine Tokyo (3Yen / 2008-01-22 )