← 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:
One of the more bizarre aspects of Japanese life is that “Dancing” is banned in the clubs (in a random phase-of-the-moon way).
Like a plot ripped off from an old Kevin Bacon movie, the ever-vigilant Tokyo police have been cracking down* on evil dancing in Tokyo clubs for the past couple of years (3Yen / 2013-07-23).
Kneading Udon to Get Around the Anti-Dancing Law in Japan
KawaiiKakkoiiSugoi.com | 07.11.14
As many Japanese people protest against the restrictions on dancing, the guys at art space Asakusabashi Tensai Sansu Jyuku found a fun way to make fun of the regulations. Techno Udon is an event like any other clubbing event, except you dance on plastic bags filled with udon dough, so you’re not dancing, you’re actually kneading dough! After you finish kneading, the Techno Udon staff with cut and boil your udon for you to satisfy your hunger after a night of dancing kneading. How cool is that?
*Actually, the Japanese police are persecuting clubs that are foreign owned (often 3rd generation Japanese-Koreans) as well as clubs that have failed to pay the required “fees” (protection money)† to the Japanese police. Check out the following ABC News video.
Click to play.
This protection money paid to police is a traditional and
standard form of Japanese graft. Almost every Tokyo
club is REQUIRED to hire a retired police detective as
a “security consultant” for huge amounts of money.
For example, the bribe price quoted for the small-ish
Eggman “live house”
was 10 million yen per year,
which comes to about $100,000 USD!
The big wind, Typhoon NEOGURI (aka “Raccoon”), will be attacking Tokyo in the next 12-to-24 hours!
Japan Meteorological Agency, Tropical Cyclone Information
TETRAPODS TO THE RESCUE (not)!
Auctions.Yahoo.co.jp / goofy Google Translate
• Realistic wave-dissipating block tetrapods
The safe even if you put it in your bath since it has a glass coating on the concrete.
Big-wave-dissipating concrete block tetrapods of the sea can now be in the palm of your hand. Its charmingIro-gata /ultra-smooth concrete texture…is clean and safe for use in the aquariums with aquatic plants and saltwater or freshwater fish…
People say that ardent fans of tetrapods feel healed by them somehow.
Who could not notice the charm of tetrapods?!
Here are plenty to enjoy, please try to experience by all means now!
Check out our previous reports about the useless concrete tetrapods that despoil Japan’s shores including:
Learning early about corporate Japan:
• First, you must become a poop-head.
• Second, you get flushed.
The above photos are from The Asahi News (in Japanese, Bing Translator) showing the current “Poo Wizards” exhibition at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo’s Odaiba district. This toilet and poo-themed event is just in time for summer vacation from school. Also on display in various exhibits about the environment, sewage treatment, and of course, everyday life through the toilet.
For more info about the “Poo Wizards” exhibition, refer to the official website of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (in Japanese, Bing Translator).
A few of the previous poop posts include:
“Can anyone recommend a moving service in Tokyo to mover from Japan to the US? ….books, but not a lot of stuff.”
For books–the “M-BAG”
The cheapest method for shipping books and “media” is the “M-bag”— Printed Materials Postage, Surface Mail. Go to the counter of a Japanese district post office and ask for the the biggest capacity “M-Bag.” If they look at you like you’re from another planet, use the Japanese name for M-Bag, Tokubetsu Yutai/特別郵袋, or just go to a larger post office.
An M-Bag is a fairly big, heavy duty canvas bag with a drawstring. You can stuff it absolutely full of books, printer-created material, media such as CDs/DVDs/BR and software counts as “printed matter” also. The bag is big enough to put a dead spouse into, if need be. :)
Learn more about the cost of shipping of “Printed Matter (Books / Magazines), Mailing large quantity, printed matter in special mailbags) at the official Japan Post website:
I recommend putting materials in a longish box, then putting the box inside the official M-Bag. The M-Bag will take about 4-6 weeks to get to Western part of the US, and the rate is significantly lower than shipping the books by any other means…less than 5,000yen.
M-Bag Shipment: When shipped in an M-Bag, first pack the books in a box with an address label. The box is then placed in a separate mail bag addressed to the addressee on a tag attached to the bag. The postage is the same if the box weights anywhere between 4 and 11 pounds and then increases with weights beyond 11 pounds. M-Bags may be either standard (surface mail) or Air Mail M-Bags.
“Keitai” is cellphone in Japanese, and “Zombie” is just a typical Tokyoite.
Actually, the schoolgirl above using VLC (videolan media player on her mobile phone) is less stupid than most typical Tokyo tossers.
Right now I am preparing for an adventure in Shibuya …with all the stairs and battling the Keitai Zombies (歩きスマホ) (Japanese “smartphone” users wandering aimlessly while texting) knocking into me on crutches, grrr.
Simulation shows the chaotic consequences of walking in Shibuya while staring at your phone
RocketNews24 | 2014/04/01…
A kaiju/monster crawled up the banks of Kyoto's fetid Kamogawa River this morning: The scary "Osanshouo"—Giant Japanese salamander!
According to the Japanese TV news reports, 1972 was the last time the Osanshouo was seen in the concreted banks of Kyoto’s Kamogawa River.
The “Syrian Islamic forces total command” aka the Jihadist rebels fighting in the Syrian War have quite a charismatic leader—Hello Kitty.
According to the report in The Independent , Zahran Alloush, the head of Jaysh al-Islam Jihadist rebels, may be a huge fan of Generalissimo H. Kitty or he just stole the Kitty notepad from charity packages or from aid convoys sent to Syria.