Japan is already ‘embarrassed’ by its 2020 Olympic performance

giant twat of tokyo 2020 olymipics

Zaha Hadid says Tokyo stadium criticism is "embarrassing" for Japanese architects
dezeen.com | 8 December 2014
London-based architect Hadid was selected to design the 80,000-seat Japan National Stadium in 2012, following a restricted-entry international competition judged by a panel that included Japanese architect Tadao Ando.


Previous reports about Japan’s boondoggle Olympics on the 3Yen include:

He’s ba-a-a-ack!

Longtime fan of the news.3Yen.com reports a new Japan-made Godzilla movie to hit screens in 2016…

Just in from our Dear Evil One:

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’s mother was Japanese

On Dec. 6, 1964, television audiences watched Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer for the first time never knowing that Rudolph’s “mother” was Japanese.

Animator Kyoko Kita working
on Rudolph the “Animagic” Reindeer

Rudolph Red-Nosed Reindeer Kyoko Kita animagic

This year “Rudolph” celebrates its 50th anniversary, extending its reign as television’s longest-running (Japanese-made) TV special.

‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer': 10 things you didn’t know about the holiday classic
San Jose Mercury News | Nov. 25, 2014
Rudolph might appear to be an all-American reindeer, but he and his pals were lovingly brought to life overseas by Japanese stop-motion animators working in a building that had previously been used to test engines for fighter planesmore...




Below are a just a few of the versions of the classic ’Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.’ (CBS/Classic Media 1964) (Wiki).

Hide your cat! Taco Bell is gonna open in Japan!

The real source of the meat of Taco Bell has always been “suspect”, but one thing is quite noticeable: Cats won’t eat Taco Bell leftovers.

Taco Bell plans to open 1,300 restaurants overseas
Nation’s Restaurant News | Dec. 4, 2014
Taco Bell Corp. on Thursday announced changes to its international leadership team, kicking off a growth push to add 1,300 locations overseasTaco Bell will look for experienced franchise operators around the globe, with an emphasis on Europe, Asia (Korea, Japan and Thailand) and Latin America…more…



Years ago (1987) , there was a fast-food chain in Japan called “Taco Time” that was started by a foreign “talent-o,” Kent Gilbert (Wiki). It was open for less than two years but it closed down—It was the butt of many jokes. Basically, Mexican food on a fast food tray looks gloopy and ugly to Japanese and they hate the smell of cumin and meat/grease. For a long time, the any mention of tacos and Mexican fast food in Japan only has elicited laughter.

Kent Gilbert’s bankruptcy of Taco Time was so famous that it made it difficult for foreign entrepreneurs to secure business loans for decades after the debacle. Strangely, one Taco Time location remained in operation in the upscale “Dogwood Plaza” of Futako-tamagawa on the outskirts of Tokyo until 2006.

Likewise, the was one Taco Bell in Nagoya in the 1980s that was used to test the Japanese market for acceptance of American-style, Mexican fast food. It was a huge failure and it has taken all these years have a try at the Japanese market again. said-openRots of ruck.said-open

Why don’t young people in Japan like traditional New Year’s food poisoning?

Why don’t young people in Japan like eating traditional New Year’s dishes?
Japan Today | Dec. 03, 2014
in Tokyo, for New Year’s, my host family and I ate a traditional osechi meal. Served in a multi-layered box, almost each of the dozen or so dishes had some sort of auspicious meaning behind it More and more young people born and raised in Japan are deciding they can do without osechi at New Year’s, and they’ve actually got some pretty sound reasons whymore..

“Why?”…Maybe ’cause it’s stone cold, three day old food that hasn’t been refrigerated, sheesh.



Yummy-looking, New Year’s osechi like the above ought to be enough to make said-openyoung people in Japan like eating traditional New Year’s dishes,said-closed NOT.

Osechi-ryori (御節料理 or お節料理) is a tradition started in the Heian Period (794-1185), and at times it tastes a millennium old. wikipedia.org/wiki/Osechi

Beware of the holiday rush of horny riders on the Tokyo Metro!

tokyo metro manners
The Tokyo Metro manners poster for December warns of the holiday rush of horny reindeer and rhino salarymen.

Previous 3Yen reports of the dangers of December’s holiday rush on the Tokyo’s subway system include:

Japan’s failed Saint is still looking good

Holy-moly! Japan’s OG—Original Gaijin—Saint Francis Xavier is looking great for being almost 500 years old on his Saint’s Day December 2 (he died on December 2, 1552).


Saint Frankie X is perhaps Japan’s most venerated foreign failure.
That is, the percentage of Christians in Japan has remained at around one per cent every since 1549, when Francis Xavier arrived as a missionary (he left by December 1551 with his tail between his legs without having mastered what he called the “Devil’s Tongue,” Japanese).

Quotes about Saint Francis Xavier’s failures in Japan are in the Comments Section below.

Have a burger ‘Berry Kristmush’ from the King of Nippon

Blueberry burgers for Christmas?
Sometimes I have to wonder if Burger King Japan is just trolling us with weird stuff*.


* Previous 3Yen reports of the bogus burgers of the “King” in Japan include: