We are having a happy Marine Day ( – Umi no hi) holiday in Japan today. So…
Lucky Dragon No. 5 by Ishihara Nanami
“Lucky Dragon No. 5″ refers to the unlucky Japanese fishing boat, with a crew of 23 men, which was exposed to nuclear fallout from the thermonuclear device test on Bikini Atoll, on March 1, 1954: wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucky_Dragon_No._5 The incident was referred to in the opening scene of the first Godzilla movie: badassdigest.com/2013/07/28/lucky-dragon-5.
Opening scene, Godzilla (1959)
← Our report on the mascot Brisky getting frisky at a Nippon Ham Fighters baseball game (3Yen / 2005-08-20) has been an all-time favorite with readers. That is to say, sekuhara/—the Japanese-engrish abbreviation for sexual harassment—is the national pastime in Japan like baseball.
Just recently I noticed that Brisky-kun has some real competition in the pervy department.
Move over for the hot babe “Buffalo Bell“— The new bovine kigurimi mascot of the Orix Buffaloes baseball team has proven such a sensation that she has attracted her own up-skirt problems…
sankakucomplex.com (ÑṠFW): Buffalo Bell – And You Thought Dollers & Furries Weren’t Hot!
It’s July 20th—traditional Japanese HAMBURGER DAY!
So, here’s Hello Kitty’s burger buttbudies at Sanrio Corporation…
Our previous years’ reports of Japan’s traditional Hamburger Day include:
• Wo0t! It’s Hamburger Day, again (3Yen / 2013-07-20) Part II
• Japan’s HAMBURGER-DAY is July 20 (3Yen / 2012-07-20)
• HAMBURGER DAY in Japan (3Yen / 2011-07-2)
Also, check out the Infinite Burger Generator website…
Click to play/eat!
The Huffington Post | 07/17/2014
Mount Fuji is primed to spew.
“Our work does not say that the volcano will start erupting, but it does show that it’s in a critical state,” lead author Florent Brenguier, a researcher at the Institute of Earth Sciences in France…more...
The last time Mt. Fuji blew was the Hōei eruption was in 1707 and comparatively not many people lived nearby and no deaths (Wiki). Today, a larger eruption would affect a 80km radius—Several million people could be hit because the base of Mt. Fuji is now an urban area of the city of Gotemeba. One estimate predicts that a major eruption would cause 750,000 refugees (Japan Today / 2014Feb09).
The exciting name J-CRAT stands for: ‘Cyber Rescue and Advice Team against targeted attack of Japan’ (Note 4: ipa.go.jp/about/press…).
Watch the always-dorky NHK News report (in Japanese but self-explanatory) about the newest Geek Police of Japan.
Click the view the news video at Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK.
Japan’s premier astrophysical research center, TokyoFashion.com, recently captured these images of shironuri* artist Minori —a spherical cloud of predominantly icy planetesimals† largely composed of ices, such as water, ammonia, and methane— whose nearly isotropic obit frequents the Harajuku fashion district of Tokyo.
*For more about Japan’s shironuri fashion micro-subculture, refer to its brief Wikipedia entry and my previous report:
Friend of the 3Yen, Mr. Masa of Masamania, captured the pix of a “Fight Club” on the streets of Tokyo’s tawdry Kabukicho district—He has created another stellar photo essay in his indubitable engrish.
Enjoy the real Japan.
Exciting real street fight show at dangerous town, Kabukicho
japculture.com | 2014/07/15
…Time is one minutes.
Challenger must pay JPY1000- in advance.
Challenger can only punch. No kick.
But Mr. Matsukawa never punches back…
Also see the 3Yen’s previous posts of Masa of Masamania.com including:
← As a folllow-up to last week’s report of Smartphone/keitai Zombies of Tokyo (3Yen / 2014-07-06) , check out the following BBC news report on Tokyo’s growing problem with people ‘dumbwalking’ with cellphones.
Japan enters the era of smartphones and ‘dumbwalking’
BBC | July 14, 2014
…More than half of all Japanese now own a smartphone and the proportion is rising fast.
But with that rise has grown another phenomenon – the smartphone walk.
It’s that glacial pace people only adopt when they’re staring at a phone screen – their head down, arms outstretched, looking like zombies trying to find human prey…
…entering the ‘dumbwalking’ era: Will it change Japanese phone etiquette, notably the best in the world?
←Blowing-the-whistle on the dumbwalking boar is July’s poster from the Tokyo Metro’s “WATCHING YOU” campaign for better train manners. See this full-sized poster and all the Tokyo Metro’s manners posters at the official website.
Today I spotted Gigantor aka Tetsujin 28-go lurking in my neighborhood in Tokyo’s tony Denenchofu (Wiki) district as shown on right side of the photo below.
SEPARATED AT BIRTH?
Previous Gigantor reports on the 3Yen include:
For the past few days, the newswires have been in a tither about Japan’s “REAL G Next Project“—Japan’s plans build a real moving GUNDAN by the year 2019.
The moving GUNDAM will be ready just in time to protect against the foreign hoards coming for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
GUNDAM GLOBAL CHALLENGE
Press Release of July 8, 2014
Take up the challenge of the ultimate dream and make the full-scale GUNDAM move…
You can just just bet that China and Best Korea are shaking in their boots about this “real” GUNDAM, ha, ha.
Some of the many previous GUNDAM reports here on the 3Yen include: