Tokyo’s famous “Gundam Front” complex that features a full-sized Gundam statue (L) (3Yen / 2012-06-07), now has a Gundam Cafe offering “Mc.Danield’s (sic) Hamburgers™” in a special “SALT BURGER” variation shown below.
Tokyo’s Gundam Cafe offers Mc.Danield's Hamburgers + special salty one!
— Rinkya (@rinkya) November 20, 2014
Dentails on the official Gundam Cafe website: g-cafe.jp
Seeing this photo, the first thing that came to my mind was:
Holy baby buddha…since when does the Shinkansen/Bullet Train have Nissan advertising on its side?!
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Then I discovered that this Nissan 350 Z Roadster’s “TRAIN” print ad is quite old —circa March 2007 (coloribus.com/adsarchive), and it is a massaged photo of the French TGV super train, not Japan’s Shinkansen/Bullet Train.
Merde, tricked by Frenchie trompe l’oeil advertising.
Harajuku girl w/ RETRO plaid pinafore dress, Gremlins x Converse sneakers…
pic.twitter.com/4upKphCONa— Tokyo Fashion (@TokyoFashion) November 14, 2014
Q: Why are there so many vintage shops in Tokyo—I was wondering why they are so popular and how it all start?
A: In the postwar years, Japanese have worn America fashions for that “bad boy/girl” image by buying clothes on the black market that were sourced from American GIs stationed here.
Actual vintage clothing shops in Japan have been around since the mid-1960s with the first wave of wannabe hippies. Japan’s first real vintage shops like Chicago (since 1966) have catered to the retro-look for a long, looooong time (think of the greaser/rockabilly look).
By the 1980s, vintage clothing shops were huge with Japanese street fashion and have remained so ever since. For Japanese fashion victims, レトロ–vintage clothing offers the best way to achieve an over-the-top look while wearing actual/functional clothing that has been already vetted fashion-wise.
For more information about the retro/vintage clothing scene in Japan, refer to: nytimes.com/2008/08/18…
RETRO! Pleated Maxi Skirt, Varsity Jacket & Sneakers in Harajuku
tokyofashion.com | Tokyo Street Snaps
Previous RETRO reports on the 3Yen include:
Just looking at this photo of the Shiba Ryotaro Library in Osaka makes me wonder how does this library work?
How could someone even get a book from the middle–let alone the top–of the stack?
Tadao Ando Architects & Associates designed the Shiba Ryotaro Library, which is part of memorial museum for the historical novelist, Shiba Ryotaro (Wiki).
Read a full description and see more photos of this seemingly impossible library at: architectuul.com/architecture/shiba-ryotaro-memorial-museum
Jabba the Hutt* is now big-in-Japan.
He has a great second career as a “talento” and food reporter who goes by the name, "Hikomaro" (imdb.com)
Don’t play with your nuts on the subway.
Better yet are the posters in the northernmost big city of Japan, Sapporo. Way up in pseudo-Siberia, Sapporo’s subway system has posters that are better than the banal banners for Tokyo’s Metro Manners.
“Subway posters are better in Sapporo”
pic.twitter.com/Pvs2GpFtln— Justin Norrie (@JustinNorrie) June 21, 2014
The above poster is from Sapporo’s Tozai Line.
Poster in the subway in
Check out Mr. Sal A. Mander’s slimy Christmas tree below as well our previous warnings including:
- Super Salamander Sex Center—from Japan (3Yen / 2010-07-20)
- Look out Godzilla for the Giant Japanese salamander, “Osanshouo”! (3Yen / 2010-07-20) ↓
(Giant Japanese salamander’s length 2 m. or 6.5 ft.)
O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, how amphibian-like are thy branches
RocketNews24 | 2014/11/14
…The Kyoto Aquarium has one of the biggest exhibits of Japanese giant salamanders in the world and they, of course, sell an adorable and cuddly stuffed toy salamander…the controversial Christmas tree is made up of hundreds of the adorable, beige and peppered-black, giant salamander stuffed animals crammed together in the shape of a pine tree..more…
Japanese men who “sit down to urinate” increases to 36%!
Yahoo News Japan / 2014.11.06
(goofy Google Translate)
—Japanese’s men opinions about urination at home in the toilet (study by TOTO, 500 adult men, ages 20-60)—
The investigation of the Japanese mens’ attitude about urination at home toilet.
Survey of Japanese homes with Western-style toilets, the “sit down to relieve oneself” faction has increased 36.1% from the last study in 2012 [33% sitters]…
Previous reports sit-and-pee on the 3Yen include:
According to Japanese postings on “2channel” offshoot, the new Asahikawa Prison is better than a typical Japanese net-citizen’s living conditions.
New Western-style private rooms with TV introduced for Asahikawa Prison’s aging inmates
Asahi.com | November 10, 2014 (gloriously goofy Google Translate)
Asahikawa Prison in Hokkaido, has introduced a private room with a bed for the inmates…which is the first in Japan’s prison system…Asahikawa Prison handles inmates sentenced more than 10 years…the prison accomdates many older inmates with recidivism issues. Considering the cold climate of the region and age of the inmates, the prison was remodeled with centrally-heated, Western-style, private rooms each with its own TV, and Western toilet and bed…continues…
(Not shown is a Western-style toilet by the door)
Ok, ok, now for the-rest-of-the-story…What is upsetting Japanese on 2channel (2ちゃんねる / ni channeru) is that the Asahikawa Prison cells are better than their NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) accommodations.
That is, the standard room that a otaku lives in Tokyo or Osaka is not insulated, have central heating, does not have its own toilet, no bed, and it is never as clean as these new prison cells. Some of the anonymous comments on 2channel include:
- “I want my own flat-screen television and electric kettle.”
- “Nowadays I live in a 3-mat [4.6sqm] flophouse room without windows–When can I move into that comfy cell?”
- “Could I have a stylish studio apartment with three meals and a everything-is-free environment?
- I’ll go as soon as the Internet is introduced
The general consensus of the otaku commenters was that Asahikawa Prison would be better place to live if only an Internet connection was offered.
Also refer to the previous 3Yen post (2013-09-10):
The school this guy goes to must be fun.
(Seen at the Q’s MALL* in Osaka’s Abeno Cues Town†.)
Giga-goofy Goggle Translate says:
We met in the Excuse Mall of Abeno.