Toasted! Full of beans

Today is February 3rdSetsubun, the beginning of spring. Everyone is throwing toasted-roasted soybeans at a member of the family wearing an Oni (demon or ogre) mask and screaming Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi! (Demons out! Come in luck!).
oni-humor

 
For more about screwy Setsubun, refer to:setsubu devil

 



 

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Mo’ damned demon…

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By NesnadOwn work, GFDL, Link

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Morning wood

Kumamon gets some massive morning wood, mon~ ☆

 
big-morning-woodkumamon-iconおはくま〜☆今日も1日よろしくま!
Translated from Japanese by Bing

Good morning bear ~ ☆ one day today bear!
 

 
Other news of Japan’s top mascot, and getting wood include:

 




Love me Tenga

Pubgoblin, my Tokyo buddy in real-life, found this Japanese fan club for wankering devices:

 
This guy can't wait to use his Tenga.Love-me-TENGA.— Chris Carlier (@Pubgoblin) January 30, 2017

 

 

 
Our previous Tenga reports include:

 




♫~Still crazy after all these years . . . Aum Shinrikyo

Back the ’80s I used to see the “star” of this video game, the doomsday cult leader, Shoko Asahara, at my train station.

AUM-game

Game Based Upon a Real Life Act of Domestic Terrorism, Possibly Produced by the Cult Responsible, Is As Unsettling As It Sounds
Attract Mode / January 25, 2017
Kamikuishiki-mura Monogatari…is a doujin soft [game] published for the PC-88, which according to Tokugawa Corp is “Based on the Aum Shinrikyo cult responsible for the 1995 sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway”
Kamikuishiki-mura Monogatari operates as a resource management sim, with the goal being the successful deployment of the chemical agent to targeted trains
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Previous reports of Aum include:

 



 


Kumamon is Japan’s ‘person’ the year, mon~☆

PR Citizen of the Year is..
Kumamon~!!
PR-bear

 

Previous reports of krazy Kumamon…mon~☆…include:

 





ZERO LIFE … Japan

zero-life-6-pack

Somehow I feel this is the perfect brand name for a 6-pack in workaholic Japan.

 
big-zero-life-cafe

orionbeer.co.jp/brand/zerolife
Industry first! No new carbohydrates genre
  According to our company


Zero Life is a a pale lager beer fron Asahi Corooration’s Orion Breweries Limited in Urasoe-City, Okinawa.
 

 
 
 
Previous reports of beer/life/zero on the 3Yen include:

 




Tamagotchi CRAP Station

egg-tamagotchiDo you remember that dead Tamagotchi that fell behind your desk drawer in the late ’90s?
Well, ßan Dai Corp. wants you to resurrect it by solving the puzzle “Tamagotchi n!× CRAP Station“, which is a time capsule for the 20th anniversary of the device: tamagøtchi20th.cøm

tamagotchi-crap

 
Our previous ßan Dai related reports include:

 




Mickey Mouse adulthood in Chiba

Here a sophisticated couple of 20-year-olds in traditional kimonos celebrating their “Coming of Age Day” (成人の日 / Seijin no Hi) today at Tokyo Disneyland in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

 
Our previous reports of Coming-of-Age Day include:

 




No boozing please, we’re Japanese

As I have mentioned here many times, in Japan Drunkenness is Next to Godliness…even the Shinto gods love getting ripsnorting wasted.
japanese-drunkdrunk Especially salarymen, the Japanese are known as some of the worst falling down drunks on the planet. You can imagine my surprise when the following survey finds that Japan’s younger folks are much less interested in drinking with 40% of men in their 20s who never or almost never drink.

 

Younger Japanese men less interested in drinking, according to survey
Japan Today | 2016-Jan-05
According to sales tax figures, the consumption of booze is down to about 89% of its heyday in 1996
to help shed light on this trend, wine website WineBazaar conducted a survey of 6,638 men and women between the ages of 20 and 70, asking “How often do you drink?”..
things get interesting when factoring in age as well. Women stay roughly the same, with “non-drinkers” making up 40 to 50% of them regardless of age. For men over 60, only 25% are classified as “non-drinkers” but that number rises significantly to 39.8% when asking men in their 20s.
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Basically, 40% of men in their 20s who report they “never or almost never drink” are really saying they can’t afford it. Also, company sponsored drinking is down 80% since the collapse of Japan’s economic “Bubble” in the early ’90s and the “Lost Decade(s)” of the continuing recession since then.

 
Previous reports of Japanese drunks include:

 



 


B-ball — J-Stargate

Check out the b-ball/basketball Stargate in Kyoto Japan!

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A few of our many reports of Japan’s Stargate Program: