Get naked with 10,000 of your closest Japanese buddies!

It’s that time of the year again
…For the Hadaka Matsuri aka Naked Festival (3Yen 2012-02-20) at Saidaiji Temple in Okayama, where you can tussle with 10,000 nearly naked drunk men in fundoshi/loincloths to touch the delegated naked holy man(correction) who almost always needs to be hospitalized after the crush.

Japanese ‘free’ beer can be marketed as a health food

3Yen readers Mulboyne and “Choko” write:

Just when you thought Coke had the monopoly on ‘Wild Health’ (3Yen 2011-02-06)

left_quoter_14x24Breaking remarkable new ground, Japan’s Consumer Agency has ruled non-alcohol beer can be labelled a health food.right_quoter_13x24yomiuri-text
Japan’s largest newspaper, the Yomiuri Shimbun (right), reports that the courts found that the promotion of non-alcohol beer did not contribute to underage drinking. The official ruling said that breweries could label the so-called “free” beer (above left) as a help in maintaining and improving health in accordance with Japan’s Health Promotion Law. R-i-i-ight.

left_long quotebar 24x260pxAlcohol-free drinks get health stamp
The Japan Times | Feb. 18, 2015



The return of the All-seeing Eye of Shinjuku

Japan’s All-seeing Eye of the Illuminati has made its triumphant return to Tokyo after being winked out by the Fukushima Nuclear Power Pant Meltdown of 2011*.

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The Eye of Shinjuku is back up again. Anyone with a paranoia complex might want to steer clear.
The art installation, dating back to 1970, was turned off as a power conservation measure following the Great Quake of 2011. It was back on last week.
Mulboyne — Mulboyne (@Mulboyne) February 18, 2015

Previous 3Yen reports Japan’s All-seeing Eye of the Illuminati include:
   • Japanese love eyeballs (3Yen / 2013-07-24)
   • Blue-eyes invade the streets of Tokyo (3Yen / 2008-05-06)
   • Eyeballs я Us (3Yen / 2006-07-13)



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 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