Japan invents the Segway! (again)

Honda’s UNI-CUB Is Amazing, Least-Efficient Water Delivery System Ever
jalopnik.com 2015Jan13
Honda demonstrated their UNI-CUB motorized chair-thing, which they’re using to develop the world’s least-efficient method of single water-bottle delivery. Seeing it in action, I’m very impressed...more...

The rest-of-the-story is that Segway-type devices are illegal to use in Japan on public roads* (3Yen 2006-11-14)segway2 (and sidewalks haven’t been invented yet in Japan) so all this “innovation” of copying the the failed personal transporter market is just Honda spinning their wheels in a product segment that has proven to be a loss for more than a decade.

Previous reports Japan inventing the Segway (again) on the 3Yen include:
   • They see em rollin, they hatin’… (3Yen / 2010-05-16)
   • Toyota invents the Segway! (3Yen / 2008-08-06)
   • Toshiba invents the Segway (3Yen / 2006-11-14)
   • Better than the Segway or ‘Jegway’ (3Yen / 2006-11-29)
   • Time Magazine names Toyota’s i-unit™ ‘coolest’
        (3Yen / 2005-11-17)
 i-unit ev by toyota

Coming of Age Day 2015, Japan

Today is the national holiday, Seijin-no-hi, Japan’s Coming-of-Age Day (Wiki) when anyone turning 20 years old in the year celebrates by dressing up in fancy kimono and attending boring Age of Majority ceremonies.
The newly minted adults below have decided to label their VIP car windshield “ADULT” ( 成人) misspelled.

coming-of-age-1kami~i 成人式でゴミがおった pic.twitter.com/YFTaPG76dP — かーみぃ (@CARMMY00) January 11, 2015japanese adult misspelled oops

Previous 3Yen reports of Coming-of-Age Day in Japan include:
   • Coming of Age tough guys (3Yen / 2014-01-12)
   • Adult Disneyland drunken brawl (3Yen / 2010-01-12)
   • A real bash at Coming-of-Age Day (3Yen / 2005-01-11)
   • Babes & big black buses (3Yen / 2008-01-15)


WTF fatwa against Kobe beef?

A beef beef — A bunch of bull ’bout beer ‘n’ beef

fatwaa-kobe-beefYoga, Petting Puppies, Halloween: Banned By Malaysia’s Muslim Clerics
NPR | 2015/01/05
Malaysia modernizes, its state-backed religious authorities are embarking on a spree of fatwas. Each is a decree based on interpretations of the Quran. The fatwas are typically seen as guidelines, but police can potentially enforce them under Malaysia’s Sharia laws
Wagyu beef — Originating in Japan, this legendarily succulent form of beef is sometimes produced by massaging cows. These lucky cows are also occasionally fed beer and therefore forbidden.

The odd thing is that it’s NATURAL for livestock to get drunk.
Back home on the ranch in the late fall, well always let the cows graze under the apple trees after harvest. The old windfall apples ferment and of my cows would get loopy on natural cider. The cows just get more mellow after foraging on boozy cider-y apples and that made for succulent beef. It’s all perfectly natural and organic way to raise livestock, and no reason to have fatwa against Kobe beef.

Japan, the land of proud toilets

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Come to Japan and see our toilets!®

TOTO, and PR at the cutting edge toilet experience space alien in Narita Airport
Nihon Keizai Shimbun 2015/1/8 (giga-goofy Google Translate from Japanese)
TOTO has announced that they will open in April, “Gallery TOTO.” state-of-the-art toilet experience at Narita International Airport. Foreigner travelers can become familiar Japanese toilets with built-in wash basin…the “Washlet” toilet with hot water bidet cleaning…This will be a gateway to welcome foreign visitors and show the company’s technical capabilities.
“Gallery TOTO” will be located on the main passageway of Terminal Building 2 and will provide a total of 10 booths for men and women…offering such hi-tech things as the latest models of toilet bowls with enhanced sterilization and deodorization functions…Multipurpose toilets.. consideration of the wheelchair people and the elderly, there is also a nursing room


Burn, baby, burn!

Japanese traditions, Dondo Yaki
burn-baby-burn A Japan Photo per Day http://t.co/agCj14ZteF pic.twitter.com/8Z4tAxXICf— Muza-chan 「ムザちゃん」 (@Muzachan) January 7, 2015

Dondo Yaki (どんど焼き) is the burning of new year decorations—sort of like a community burning of Christmas trees in a giant bonfire after the official 12 Days of Christmas. People bring last year’s lucky charms and the New Year decorations and burn them to sens off to the Kami (gods) as gifts.

Half dead dolly face is the latest makeup trend in Japan

sick-doll look japaneseleft_long quotebar 24x260pxUnder-eye blush, pale skin and worried brows is latest look in Japan
Daily Mail Online | 2015jan01
Would you wear make-up that makes you look UNWELL?…Known as ‘byojaku’, the sickly face trend has proved hugely popular—Techniques include pale face, red eyeshadow and puffy eye bagsmore...Screen Shot 2015-01-07 at 1.19.55 PM.Continues...

The ‘byojaku’—sickly-face look?
She-e-e-e-t, I know her! And the “look” is hot in an alien sort of way.

. . . . . . . . . . Anyways, here’s a sneak peak! — RinRin (@RinRin_Doll) Dec. 2, 2014

Learn more about the byojaku face (病弱フェイス) from the Japanese magazine covering the look, Ranzuki
ranzuki magazine sick doll look bannerranzuki.com

About fcuking time, grrr.


The long nightmare for the handicapped, the Tokyo Metro’s Ginza Line, is finally going to remodeled.
It’s about fcuking time, grrr.
The terminus of the Ginza Line in Shibuya—Japan’s fourth busiest station—only has partial elevator access to only one half of the station. Other stations of the Ginza Line also features “unique” Japanese features like:
    • Wheelchair ramps ending in a flight of stairs,
    • Steps leading to handicapped restrooms,
    • Random pipes in the middle of pathways,
    • Conduits and ventilation ducts hanging from the
       ceiling below 180 cm (5 feet 9 inches),
    • And stair tread depths smaller than size 24 cm
      (US size 8) shoes.


‘Kakizome’ (first writing) of New Years in Japan

The Japanese attach a special significance to the first of everything you do in the new year. One of the traditional firsts celebrebrated for students is kakizome / first writing (Wiki), as evidenced by the photo below…



Previous reports of New Years’ kakizome writing on the 3Yen include: