New—plus York—equals New York! according to this boombox/turntable head (L) touting Japan’s new version of glacéau vitaminwater®, which supposedly is the New York inventor’s mangling remix of the French words “glace” (ice) and “eau” (water).
Slate’s "Culture" blog | April 9, 2014
Das Racist’s Heems Made a Japanese Commercial for Vitamin Water, and It’s Hilarious(?)
…since Brooklyn-based rap group Das Racist called it quits in 2012, founding member Himanshu "Heems" Suri has …managed to find the time to collaborate with Vitamin Water on what’s been dubbed the “New York remix” of a commercial airing in Japan…more…
It’s kids and workout. It’s Baby-car(sic) exercise. —Heams
For more about Japanese-engrish baby-cars, check out our previous posts:
• Ultraman ‘baby car’ …from Japan of course (3Yen / 2011-09-01)
• Single-seat cars for Japanese babies (3Yen / 2005-02-08)
Here’s my nightmare commute on the Wangan Highway* in the Keihin District† of the Tokyo-Yokohama industrial megalopolis.
Previous/endless Japanese nightmares I have covered on the 3Yen include:
• Japan’s national tree–concrete utility pole (3Yen / 2011-01-14
• 10 Ugly Rivers of the World (3Yen / 2010-02-05)
• Japanese Junkspace (3Yen / 2008-06-29)
• Ill-Machine, Tokyo (3Yen / 2008-01-22) ↓
A Japanese mutant from outer space reaches sexual maturity at only the age of five and has grown to four meters (13ft) tall—Talk about an early bloomer!
Botanists baffled by rapid growth of ’space cherry’
The Asahi Shimbun | 2014apr06
—A tree grown from a cherry pit that traveled in space five years ago with astronaut Koichi Wakata, now commander of the International Space Station, has bloomed far ahead of what is normal–to the astonishment of botanists.
Cherry trees typically take about a decade from the time they sprout from seeds to bloom…
…In four years, the young plant has grown to a height of about 4 meters…
…it takes 10 years or more for cherry trees to grow flowers, but the young trees produced from cherry pits taken into space have flowered unusually early…more…
All around the world, private museums are run by rather unique* folks, and Japan is no exception.
Japanese is arguably one of the least religious counties in the world but…*
No priests.(†) pic.twitter.com/0C3IX9Zf1D— Lee Chapman (@tokyotimes) April 6, 2014
Although Japanese people have almost no interest in religion (reference), the sign prohibiting mendicant monks (not priests) is actually an anti-Chinese sign.
Almost all Japanese believe begging monks are fakes—Illegal Chinese immigrants(reference) without any skills including language and who are just wearing cheap robes and cleverly pretending an oath-of-silence. Since the 1970s, Japan has become so wealthy that begging is a rarity. Nowadays most Japanese would rather (and do) starve rather than ask for a handout or charity.
“Monk asking for money” by Julian’s flickr
†↩Technically speaking, these beggars are almost always silent mendicant monks and not “priests” per se. That is, on occasion priests can “beg” for money but generally they actually have to verbally announce themselves in groups with much chanting as well as banging-&-clanging of drums and bells. This practice (shakedown) of we-will-shut-up-if-you-pay-us-for-a-blessing has mostly died out.
His earrings are golden.
His name is Eijiroh Miyamae (age 80), aka Boshi Ojisan (“Hat Man”) or Harajuku Ojisan (). Some people say he used to be a postman but he always wanted to be an actor. Others say he is a true artist, of the Outsider/Intuitive School:
• Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne*
Miyama, Eijiro (1934), Japan
Collection de l’Art Brut, Lausanne
—Eijiro Miyama was born in Mie Prefecture, Japan. A loner, he never married and has always led a wandering sort of existence. He has had various jobs, notably as a day labourer in the construction industry and as a lorry driver. When he was around fifty-five, he settled in one of the boarding houses for impoverished working men in Yokohama’s Kotobuki district…
…One day, about ten years ago, Eijiro Miyama walked around with a cup of instant noodles on his head. People turned to stare as he went by. This act, provocative and liberating, gave him a huge feeling of exaltation. He gradually created eccentric headgear that he adorned with toys and sundry objects found discarded at flea markets…continues…
It’s sad day for Yellow Fever fappers—Japanese figure skater Miki Ando has “retired.”
. . .in Nag0ya,
central Japan, on April 3rd…
2014-Apr-04: Ret1rement Cerem0ny
Check out the previous 3Yen reports on Miki Ando including:
• Figure skating is strange (3Yen /2010-12-27 )
• Japanese women skaters come up short (3Yen / 2005-03-23)
• Japan’s figure skating cosplay (3Yen / 2010-02-27)
• Miki Ando, Queen Tut! (3Yen / 2010-03-29)
In a cold rain falls on dinosaurs shivering under blue tarps in a Tokyo back alley…
— Tokyo Reporter (@tokyoreporter) April 3, 2014
For some reason Tokyo seems to attract all sorts of kaiju/monsters such as this dino-turtle with tusks that I spotted in the Ginza district in 2006… ↘
Have you ever wondered how chocolate Pocky™ pretzels were made?
Wonder no longer.
—グリコ広報 (@glico_PR) March 31, 2014
Besides artisan-made Pocky snacks, previous puerile Pocky posts on the 3Yen include:
• Japan plans for Plutonium Pocky™! (3Yen / 2012-12-29)
• Giant salmon pretzel sticks (3Yen / 2012-04-08)
• Get Pockyed! (3Yen / 2009-07-25) ↓
Let’s get Fight! • MORNING MUSUME KOREA/JAPON’s promotional video from Sofuto On Demando ()— “SOD” is a Japanese adu1t video group of companies noted for their “creative” approach to hyper-hinky videos(Wiki).
Obviously this is ÑṠFW …
Here’s the Safe-For-Work (but not your sanity) version: