Starbucks wannabe, the specialty coffee retailer Tully’s Coffee* seems to have competition in Japan—“Publly’s Coffee,” which is robo-brewed and dispensed from up-scale vending machines in Japanese highway service areas. Publly’s robo-baristas inside the machines do a remarkably good job of making a “custom” cup coffee and fitting it with cover for a mere 100 ¥en ($0.82 USD).
Now it spreads all over to our culture, society, and history. And, it represents our affordable life and peaceful time. IT IS COFFEE.
PUBLIC VEND SERVICE
Half-American Ariana Miyamoto is Miss Universe Japan 2015
20-year-old Ariana Miyamoto, a part-time worker and a daughter of a black American father and Japanese mother became the first ever bi-racial winner of Miss Universe Japan. She is from Sasebo City, home of Japan’s important naval base in Kyushu...more...
According to Wikipedia, Ariana went to high school in the United States which makes her the most “international” of Japan’s Miss Universe offerings in a long time. She is described as, passionate about bikes and desires to buy a Harley Davidson if she wins a lottery someday.
Kumamon (くまモン), the screwball mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture, was born on March 12, 2010 Kumamon – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
My name is “Kumamon” and I was born in the wake of the Kyushu Shinkansen whole line opening of March 2011.
via (Kumamon self-introduction)
Just can’t hide!
…and sometimes the bear eats you.
Today is a cold rainy day in Tokyo, which means…
… I have had been grazed by bicyclists holding umbrellas intently using their StupidPhones™ (3Yen / 2014-07-06) several times, grrr.
FamilyMart, UNY Group in merger talks
The Yomiuri Shimbun / March 06, 2015
Convenience store chain FamilyMart Co. and … UNY Group’s Circle K Sunkus Co. chain…to be operated in Japan under the envisaged merger will likely rival that of industry giant Seven-Eleven Japan Company …blah, blah, blah…
So many names—Does anybody have any name ideas?
With his pants pulled down to his knees, Mickey Mouse takes it up his backside and gets stuffed…
From the Japanese TV series “THE MAKING” （ep２２）
THE MAKING was created by the Japan’s Science and Technology Agency and has produced more than 300 of these 15 minute programs showcasing Japanese craftsmanship and production.
You can view these videos at their official website: http://sciencechannel.jst.go.jp/Q000601/
Mulboyne writes (March 6, 2015):
The ancient Japanese tradition of pole dancing performed in front of Nijo Castle for the Parasophia arts festival in Kyoto.
About: “Parasophia”—the Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015 is the first large-scale international exhibition of contemporary art to be held in Kyoto.
Performance: Miwa Yanagi’s Stage Trailer Project “Pole Dance Show on Stage Trailer”
Previous 3Yen reports the plague of pole dancing in Japan include:
• Tokyo pole dancer fail (3Yen / 2010-08-27)
• Robo-Geisha pole dance (3Yen / 2009-10-06)
• Tokyo Metro’s pole dancer warning poster
(3Yen / 2012-10-01) ↓
…taking on web subculture
GOOD magazine | 2015Mar05
…I understand the appeal of a costume-masked self, although I’ve put on the Kigurumi masks and found them uncomfortable. The people who wear the masks that model for me, it’s a real variety—male and female. But at the end of the shoot they seem disappointed when they have to unmask. They like being that character and acting out that character….more….
As I reported before (3Yen / 2013-08-29) , these “Dollers” are into wearing a full bodysuit, usually in a flesh-tone color, combined with clothing and girlie accessories of a manga or anime character. Or, in the words of Admiral Ackbar…
Sometimes you gotta think that the Japanese are just trolling us with things like these new Frog Burgers on a bun blackened with ground charcoal*, yum.
… Ok, it’s official, burgers have now officially reached peak weird—a black bun frog burger is … the latest offering from the Orbi Yokohama museum in Japan…more…
Other menu items like their blue “Earth Burger” Orbi Cafe (Google Translate) are “creative” also.
Previous reports of Japanese burger trolling on the 3Yen include:
• Choco Burger, yuck! (3Yen / 2010-09-16)
• “Mc.Danield’s” [sic] SALT BURGER (3Yen / 2014-11-21)
• WHALE BURGERS! Newest in Japanese Supersizing
(3Yen / 2005-06-22)