In rapidly aging Japan, being dead should be a big business but there are a lot of “buts”…
Grave times for Japan tombstone trade
Reuters / September 14, 2014
…The number of deaths each year is expected to increase by 30 percent over the next quarter century.
But more Japanese are choosing to have their ashes scattered at sea or planted under a tree, as these options are cheaper than a gravestone, which is usually the last big splurge for many people at a time of intense caution over the economy.
About 40 per cent of Japanese already have a spot waiting in an ancestral grave, a survey by a tombstone industry group shows, limiting the scope for potential sales.
At the same time, a fifth or more of Japanese would consider alternative, natural burials. Price is one concern.
But for older people, another, larger concern is that with few or no descendants to visit their graves…more...
Yes, the above is a Hello Kitty tombstone—It’s not all that usual for a child’s memorial to have gravestone in a theme of Anpanman, Hello Kitty, or even One Piece…
More via qjphotos.wordpress.com…
Peko-chan* vs Hello Kitty:
There can BE ONLY one.†
*For more information about Peko-chan, refer to:
Peko-chan perpetually six years old is turning 60—Damn, Japanese ladies look young (3Yen / 2009-08-24) & (Wiki).
†“There can BE ONLY one.” is the motto among the immortals in the Highlander film series (Wiki).
The “Syrian Islamic forces total command” aka the Jihadist rebels fighting in the Syrian War have quite a charismatic leader—Hello Kitty.
According to the report in The Independent , Zahran Alloush, the head of Jaysh al-Islam Jihadist rebels, may be a huge fan of Generalissimo H. Kitty or he just stole the Kitty notepad from charity packages or from aid convoys sent to Syria.
Via shop.sanrio.co.jp (Bing Translation follows)….
—In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the birth of Hello Kitty, Super Hello Kitty is released!
This new Hello Kitty Robot swims underwater, runs on land and has flying sky adventures…
☆ Three transformation modes of unheard wonder!
☆ “Hissatsu Waza!” Rocket Punch!
☆ And, a small Hello Kitty graces the cockpit
to the operate the giant mecha robo Super Hello Kitty ”
Here’s a solid gold Hello Kitty that is helping to open the GoldExpo at the Yokohama’s Takashimaya department store just outside Tokyo on May 22nd. This pricey statuette was created to celebrate of Hello Kitty’s fortieth year since her introduction in 1974(Wiki). Price? Kitty costs 17.3 million yen or about $169,716 USD.
Avril Lavigne is Kyary-Pamyu-Pamyu* pandering with her sushi-snack-strutting down the streets of Tokyo in pink-bubblegum pop dampdreams in her new Hello Kitty Weeaboostep music video.
As we always say on the 3Yen, You Can Never Have Enough HELLO KITTY…
Avril’s management is half-assed trying to the pull the video off from Avril Lavigne’s official YouTube site (HuffPost)
but it is still up everywhere and on her website.
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Called the Hello Kitty Diner, here’s the latest offering of the Japan’s iconic cat and the galaxxxy fashion brand.
RT @galaxxxy_mixer Hello Kitty × galaxxxy コラボ♡Hello Kitty Diner http://t.co/VyMqiK0Ubt pic.twitter.com/3aCqXNkyFW 2014mar24
As we always say here on the 3Yen, You-Can-Never-Have-Enough-HELLO-KITTY.
One badass Kitty…
How does one make Hello Kitty more awesome?
Simple. Give her a giant robot!
Bandai Toys is offering a mecha version of Hello Kitty is inspired by classic robot anime like Mazinger Z and UFO Robo Grendizer. The Mecha Hello Kitty is piloted from her head to provide a clear view for her pilot and just like the Mazingers it comes with air, land, and water modalities. Mecha Hello Kitty also comes with a tiny pilot Hello Kitty and display pedestal.
•Available via jlist.com: Mecha Hello Kitty — preorder* price: $58.00
*Scheduled for release in June 2014.
By THE Taiwanese Animators:
Hello Kitty remixes Eminem’s “Rap God” and spares no dog in the process….
As we always say here at the 3Yen:
You can never have enough HELLO Teenage
Mutant KITTY Ninja Turtleheads.
Learn all the details at rocketnews (2013Nov19): Make way for Ninja Turtle Hello Kitties! Or is it Hello Kitty Ninja Turtles?
The original Japanese news report is at: weekly.ascii.jp: KT X TMNT (Somehow “KT” = Hello Kitty and “TMNT” = Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—Go figure.)