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29 Apr
Q: What should you do during GW—Golden Week—Japan’s weeklong national holiday (Wiki) this week when vacation/travel prices triple? A: DO! MALL! In case you were wondering why this “DO! MALL!” looks familiar. The AEON malls’ campaign girl is Kill Bill’s Gogo Yubari aka Chiaki Kuriyama (Wiki) . Previous Golden Week reports on the 3Yen include: … Continue reading DO! GOGO!
28 Apr
The brainiacs at Japan’s MEXT, aka Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, have released their new advertising campaign for visitors. MEXT nobody can read your logo wat r u doin http://t.co/Qv6m7lqZ50 pic.twitter.com/UuF4Wgfgxi — Peter Durfee (@Durf) April 28, 2015 For readability I resized the logo and found MEXT’s dedication to truth-in-advertising: “JAPAN HERMITAGE®” … Continue reading JAPAN HERMITAGE®
27 Apr
Japan plans to land rover on moon in 2018 SentinelSource.com / April 26, 2015 JAXA Japan’s space agency announced this week that the country would put an unmanned rover on the surface of the moon by 2018, joining an elite club of nations that have explored Earth’s satellite… …“This is an initial step and a … Continue reading Lunarly probing, Japan
27 Apr
CARP product ranking, Hiroshima brand shop (the official website’s bizarro translation) …the tenth place goes to Carp Energy®…this cheerful infusion drink has the “Soul of Red” which is the motto of the spirit of Hiroshima citizens in their carp-loving prefecture… And, if Carp Energy® is not enough fun for you, Hiroshima branded “Carp Wine” and … Continue reading Carp Energy® — w0oT!~
24 Apr
So which is funnier, the name or the product? via しめじバター   According to the above tweet, Chocolate Snatch™ is an Australian-themed koala souvenir sold in China for the Japanese market that is made to copy the Japanese product Koala’s March (see right) by Lotte Co., basically a South Korean Company. Go figure.  
21 Apr
“GOT OTER UKI’ aka Goto Teruki is obviously the best candidate running for the upcoming elections in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. W0oT~! This year’s poster where he writes his name Goto Teruki in proper Japanese characters “” across his privates is actually a big improvement over the romanization of his name “GOT OTER UKI” on Goto Teruki’s … Continue reading Vote for “GOT OTER UKI”!
21 Apr
″Sumo or cheerleading practice?″ See the Rest-of-the-Story in the full Youtube video of this exhibition match. A few of the many previous 3Yen reports on the sillier side of sumo include: Raw. Sex. Sumo? (3Yen / 2008-10-21) Female sumo–not as bad as you think (3Yen / 2010-10-04) Sumo wrestlers are hatched from eggs (3Yen / … Continue reading Sumo fun-time
20 Apr
  As if Burger King Japan’s Whooper Whopper™ hamburger scent perfume was not weird enough. →   The Nose Knows: New perfumes offer broad range of scents, including…snow and dirt Times Free Press | 2015/apr/19 …the strangest comes from Japan-based Comme des Garcons Series 6: Synthetic, which gives users the chance to dab the odor … Continue reading Japan stinks
19 Apr
Speaking of tasteless “house-makings” aka kagu/家具 (furniture)… Time To Chill On Some Bread Chairs Japanista.com / April 2015 …Nitori offers a line up of bread themed furniture which has become a popular series. These bread chairs are reclining and can be set to 5 different angles…available on the Nitori website, for a decently cheap price … Continue reading Bread Bed & Beyond … from Japan
18 Apr
That way madness lies. A tsukemono (pickled cucumber) dog. — Mulboyne (@Mulboyne) April 17, 2015 Previous reports weird wiener reports on the 3Yen include: Japanese lemon wieners (3Yen / 2014-10-29) Radioactive fish wieners (3Yen / 2011-04-11) Fish baloney-wieners, ‘Homo’ of course (3Yen / 2011-02-07) Japanese culture of wiener cutting (3Yen / 2007-05-23) Sushi and wieners … Continue reading Green dogless dog…only in Japan
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