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)



Without all the trash, here’s what Tokyo would look like

Without all the fcuking trash and clutter, here’s what Tokyo would look like cleaned up…

left_long-quotebar_24x360Without Ads Or Billboards, Here’s What The Streets Of Tokyo Would Look Like
The Huffington Post 02/13/2015
French graphic designer Nicolas Damiens reveals just how critical ads are to the character of a metropolis by showing how surreal the space would look without them. In his series aptly titled “Tokyo Without Ads,” Damiens strips the buzzing Tokyo streets of any and all ads. The result is nearly unrecognizable…more photos…

Previous 3Yen reports about how Tokyo looks like “Blade Runner” on a bad hair day:
   • Japanese Junkspace (3Yen / 2008-06-29)
   • Ill-Machine Tokyo (3Yen / 2008-01-22)
   • The ‘Blade Runner’ Bubble is back! (3Yen / 2006-03-18)




Japanese girls must give Feb 14th

Some of my Valentine’s chocolate has arrived early.

choco-girl今週はバレンタインです 明日と当日はワタシもお店におりまする^^チョコレートプレゼント企画などもありつつ、気になるあの人へのプレゼントなら表参道FYPでね♥ –OMI / 化郎 (@OMI_KERO) 2014feb11

The basic idea is that Valentine’s Day here, Japanese girls give chocolates (and love) to guys and the guys don’t have to do much of anything*.

Anyway, here’s a Youbube of some goofy Japanese Chocolates and pink pompom Valentines.

You can enjoy further details about the fun of Japanese Valentine’s in my reports:
Chocolate cock! (3Yen / 2008-01-23)
Japanese women dump on Valentine’s chocolates (3Yen / 2006-02-14)
Are you gettin’ any? (Japanese “Choco”) (3Yen / 2006-02-14/)
The perfect Japanese Valentine gift: the keys to her nether regions (3Yen / 2005-02-05)
Screwing Valentine’s Day (3Yen / 2005-02-05) Screwy Japanese chocolate for screwing



Glow-in-dark LEAFs — Must be from Fukushima ;-)

radioactive-fishStraight from the Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown (3Yen 2015-01-25) is a prototype of the new Nissan LEAF electric car with radiation-energised* paint that glows in the dark!

*Sunlight is “radiation” so this paint glows in the dark because it’s ultraviolet-energised by the sun’s rays, ha, ha.

Learn more about this UV absorbing glowing paint at Auto Express(2015Feb12): Nissan Leaf goes glow-in-the-dark with luminous paint upgrade



Y.A.M.H. in Japan

Today is Y.A.M.H. (Yet Another Mysterious Holiday) in Japan—Foundation Day, aka Kenkoku Kinen no Hi, née Empire Day*.

right-wing-crazies fun-daySince the Japanese year of Kouki 2600, Kigensetsu (February 11) is a special day of Japan revelry—“Kawaraban” (Nanao, Ishikawa Prefecture)

*Foundation Day was previously known as Kigen-setsu (Empire Day) commemorates the day on which—according to the Nihon Shoki—Emperor Jimmu is said to have acceded the throne in 660 BCE.

The national holiday was declared by the supporters of Meiji Emperor (1852 – 1912) to make him the one, true ruler of Japan.in the pre-WWII years who wanted to focusing national attention on the emperor and linking his rule with the mythical first emperor, Jimmu, and thus Japan’s goddess Amaterasu.

Given its reliance on Shintoism and its reinforcement of the Japanese nobility, Kigensetsu was abolished following World War II. Ironically, February 11 was also the day when General MacArthur approved the draft version of the model Constitution in 1946.

The commemorative holiday was re-established as National Foundation Day in 1966. Though stripped of most of its overt references to the Emperor, National Foundation Day was still a day for expressing patriotism and love of the nation in the 1950s. The holiday is still relatively controversial howevermore
via wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Foundation_Day



‘Spot’ makes Japan’s dead-dog AIBO look bad

sony dog robot should be shotAfter wasting zillions of yen and contributing to near-bankruptcy of the company, Sony’s famous flagship robot dog, AIBO™, was put to sleep in 2006. (3Yen 2006-01-27)

At the same time around 2005-2006, Boston Dynamics introduced BigDog(Wiki) that has move well into the realm of “usefulness” unlike Japan’s failed robo-efforts (3Yen quoted by the BBC and The Independent). Check out “Spot,” the latest version of BigDog.

left_long quotebar 24x260px BostonDynamics’ BigD0g r0b0t is pretty familiarbut this smaller c0usin—Sp0t weighs 160 pounds, while BigD0g weighs in at 24O poundsSp0t is pretty light on its feet…more via Slate



Chocolate Valentine bath, yum

AFP|2/8/2015 (wacky Google Translate)
Chocolate spa in Japan for Valentine’s Day
The Yunessun Hakone hot spring resort filled their baths with chocolate, yum, and dozens of Japanese enjoyed hot-tubbing in chocolate for Valentine’s Day.
Previous reports of Japanese fun spas on the 3Yen include:
   • Chocolate-covered bathing at hot spring resort
          (3Yen / 2008-02-15)
   • Cup Ramen spa—Pastafarian Baptism
         (3Yen / 2008-04-19)
   • ‘living in a kimono, sitting in primordial waters…’
          (3Yen / 2007-11-18)

A japanese girl soaks nakes at the at onsen/hot spings