Pedo-Bear is back, and now he wants granny!

bear-bot in japan robot Look out granny!
Japanese scientists of the RIKEN research institute have released a new experimental nursing care robot, “ROBEAR.”

According to RIKEN’s press release of February 23rd, the ROBEAR can performing tasks such as lifting a patient from a bed or wheelchair and, left_quoter_14x24will provide impetus for research on the creation of robots that can supplement Japan’s need for new approaches to care-givingright_quoter_13x24
Ri-i-i-ight—Granny is gonna love this. ᶘ ᵒᴥᵒᶅ

Sadly, these nursing care robots of the RIKEN Institute have been around forever. RIBA-II, the care-giving Teddy Bear ( / 2011-08-03) shown above has been in development for a long time without any the bear-bots going into practical use in nursing homes and hospitals.

The 3Yen first reported years ago about the predecessor of the RIBA, the RI-MAN robot in: Stroke my soft machine (3Yen / 2006-03-01)
Other Bear-bot reports on the 3Yen have included:
. . . Care-bots for elderly…again ( / 2013-06-22)
. . . Bear-bot that reads your tweets ( / 2011-01-26)
. . . Robo-teddy vs Alzheimer’s ( / 2010-10-08 )



Bitter green pretzels … only in Japan

The newest Pocky was released on February 10th: the Pocky Kasane Maccha. This pretzel has layered dark chocolate and bitter green tea, and it will only be available for a limited time.


(More details at the official Pocky Street website.)

Previous pervy puerile Pocky posts on the 3Yen include:
   • Get POCKYed! (3Yen / 2011-11-12)
   • Getting poked, Japanese style (3Yen / 2009-07-25)
   • Pocky dance (3Yen / 2007-11-03)


Get naked with 10,000 of your closest Japanese buddies!

It’s that time of the year again
…For the Hadaka Matsuri aka Naked Festival (3Yen 2012-02-20) at Saidaiji Temple in Okayama, where you can tussle with 10,000 nearly naked drunk men in fundoshi/loincloths to touch the delegated naked holy man(correction) who almost always needs to be hospitalized after the crush.

Japanese ‘free’ beer can be marketed as a health food

3Yen readers Mulboyne and “Choko” write:

Just when you thought Coke had the monopoly on ‘Wild Health’ (3Yen 2011-02-06)

left_quoter_14x24Breaking remarkable new ground, Japan’s Consumer Agency has ruled non-alcohol beer can be labelled a health food.right_quoter_13x24yomiuri-text
Japan’s largest newspaper, the Yomiuri Shimbun (right), reports that the courts found that the promotion of non-alcohol beer did not contribute to underage drinking. The official ruling said that breweries could label the so-called “free” beer (above left) as a help in maintaining and improving health in accordance with Japan’s Health Promotion Law. R-i-i-ight.

left_long quotebar 24x260pxAlcohol-free drinks get health stamp
The Japan Times | Feb. 18, 2015



The return of the All-seeing Eye of Shinjuku

Japan’s All-seeing Eye of the Illuminati has made its triumphant return to Tokyo after being winked out by the Fukushima Nuclear Power Pant Meltdown of 2011*.

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The Eye of Shinjuku is back up again. Anyone with a paranoia complex might want to steer clear.
The art installation, dating back to 1970, was turned off as a power conservation measure following the Great Quake of 2011. It was back on last week.
Mulboyne — Mulboyne (@Mulboyne) February 18, 2015

Previous 3Yen reports Japan’s All-seeing Eye of the Illuminati include:
   • Japanese love eyeballs (3Yen / 2013-07-24)
   • Blue-eyes invade the streets of Tokyo (3Yen / 2008-05-06)
   • Eyeballs я Us (3Yen / 2006-07-13)



Extreme Japan

Having a truly romantic Japanese Valentine’s Day last Saturday, the Japanese lady shown below is enjoying an “Extreme Ironing” event on the very frozen Lake Hibara at 17 degrees Fahrenheit (-7℃).

Besides “Extreme Ironing,” Lake Hibara—part of the volcanic caldera of Mount Bandai*—is a popular ice-fishing spot in Kita-shiobara, Fukushima Prefecture, in northern Japan.
According to their fun facebook page, Extreme Ironing and ice-fishing is perfect way to enjoy Fukushima Prefecture (land of the dread nuclear disaster {3Yen 2015-01-25}) where anything is possible.




Everybody on the Japanese Internet is giggling about this awfully elongated faux-Gundam in the Philippines…

fiip-gundamsidebar-quote long …これ、ホントなの?お次はフィリピンですかいろいろスゴいなぁw — ZIGGY (@lifeonaxis) Feb. 15, 2015

The Gundamguy blog describes this as a, said-open Life-Size Statue of the RX-78-2 Gundam at the Jed’s Island Resort on the McArthur Highway, Calumpit, Bulacan in The Philippines.said-closed The resort has other mecha statues too [more photos].

Previous reports of funny fake Gundams on the 3Yen include:
   • Gundam’s defeat (3Yen / 2010-07-0)
   • China’s fake Gundam
         (3Yen / 2011-01-01)

   • Full-sized ‘Flower Gundam’ for Tokyo? (3Yen / 2012-04-07)