Lets Japan, Est. 2008

Bicycle helmet hat combo appeals to elderly bike riders

Caphor brand bicycle helmet with removable hat for elderly bike riders in Japan Bicycle helmets with removable, stylish hats have been created to entice elderly Japanese to wear a helmet when riding a bike. The hats are designed so they can also be worn without the helmet.

Bicycle helmets are rarely worn by the elderly in Japan. Seniors say they’d like to wear safety helmets, but the helmets are uncomfortable. Elderly cyclists also say they are embarrassed about wearing traditional bike helmets.

A national law requires only bicyclists under the age of 13 to wear a helmet, whether alone or when riding as passengers with a parent on a bicycle. Some municipalities have enacted local laws that require all bicyclists to wear a helmet. In 2013, Ehime Prefecture, with its numerous scenic bike paths, enacted a law requiring cyclists of all ages to wear a helmet.

 

The Japanese government advises adults to wear a helmet when cycling, but it is uncommon to see adult cyclists wearing helmets as they run errands by bicycle on city streets. Although when the activity is recreational riding, along a riverside path for example, bike riders wearing helmets can be seen.

 

Bicycle helmets with detachable hat for elderly cyclists in Japan The Tokyo Foundation for Employment Services, which provides employment opportunities to the elderly, asked Nippon Parade, a manufacturer of caps and costumes for marching bands, to develop a bicycle helmet that would be attractive to the elderly. Nippon Parade, which was looking for new business opportunities, developed a hat-helmet concept. The company had the skills and design equipment which allowed it to create a lightweight helmet and a selection of fashionable hats that are easy to remove from the helmet.

 

 

Bicycle helmet and removable hat for Japanese senior citizen bicycle riders The hat covers the helmet, and a quick-release system frees the hat from the helmet. The hat can be worn by itself.

According to Manabu Ito, president of Nippon Parade, more than 6% of deaths aged 65 and older in in the metropolitan area are caused by bike accidents, and head injury accounts for nearly 7% of the bike accident deaths. Nippon Parade makes helmets that meet strict strict international safety standards, and offers 10 types of fashionable detachable hats.

The helmets, start at JPY 7,580, and are sold by Nippon Parade online, cycling shops, and major electronics retailers.

 

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Cremation ash urns use rack retrieval storage and ID card access

Private viewing booth at indoor tomb at Dentouin Akasaka Jouen in TokyoBuddhist temples in Japan that have run out of graveyard space for tombs are turning to high-tech storage solutions for ashes of the deceased.

In Japan, cremation is the norm and remains of the dead are kept in urns stored in a stone tomb on a family plot in a graveyard. The outdoor tombs have limited space for expansion. Rather than using the traditional method where each urn is displayed in a permanent spot, the new columbariums store the ashes out of site on multilevel racks, and then use a mechanical system to bring the urns out when loved ones come to visit. These storage racks have been installed in existing buildings on temple grounds, or specially designed facilities located on the grounds, or in temple-run buildings located off-site.

 

Unryuin temple in Kyoto is one location that offers computer-controlled movable storage of ash urns. Similar to an ATM, a contactless ID card and touchscreen control the functions of the indoor altar. Glass partitions create booth-like private spaces for privacy. The price of the perpetual memorial starts at JPY 893,000 which includes management fees, temple fees, biannual prayer service and a steady supply of flowers and incense.

 

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Some of these high tech vaults add to the ambiance by displaying a photo of the loved one accompanied by music when transporting the urn out of storage.

 

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The Computer Controlled Automatic Cremation Urn Transfer System was developed and manufactured by Toyota Industries Corporation. Storage of 7000 urns is possible in a structure on a 50 square meter site. …continued » » » »

McDonald’s gives more pickles, onions, ketchup free on request

McDonald's in Japan gives free extra ketchup and pickles upon requestMcDonald’s in Japan is giving extra condiments free to customers who request the extras at the time of ordering.

The items on the so-called “Back Menu” include pickles, onions, ketchup, tartar sauce (for the Filet-O-Fish sandwich) and teriyaki sauce (for the Teriyaki burger.)

The Back Menu is not advertised and there is no information about the free extra toppings in McDonald’s stores. Word that McDonald’s will add more condiments upon request is spreading via twitter.

Normally there is one pickle slice on a McDonald’s hamburger. Customers can get two slices upon request at the time of ordering. For McDonald’s sandwiches that usually have two pickle slices, four pickle pieces can be piled on upon request. Customers who ask can also get two squirts of ketchup or mustard, a double serving of onions, and twice as much mayonnaise, tartar sauce or teriyaki sauce.

 

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McDonald’s currently offers a “Grill Order” which lets customers exclude pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, tartar sauce, and other condiments and toppings depending on the sandwich.

The hush-hush Back Menu lets customers get more condiments at no extra charge. A special sticker on the sandwich wrapper indicates more toppings have been included per the customer’s request.

 

A McDonald’s public relations spokesperson said the decision to offer a “generous” condiment serving on its burgers and other items evolved from the current practice of offering a “fewer” condiments option.

The McDonald’s undercover double-condiments-upon-request scheme began on April 1.

 

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photos: Hamburgers side-by-side2 pickles & ketchup; 4 pickles; onions;   Big Mac sticker

Fat gal marshmallow girls are chubby idols

Mizuki Tama large plus size marshmallow girl model in Japan La Farfa marshmallow girl model group A "chubby chubby boom" of popular fat female celebrities in Japan has led to the debut of Japan’s first fashion magazine for plus-sized women. The chubby lady models of La Farfa magazine are called "Marshmallow girls."

 

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A new idol group of heavyset female models/spokespersons called "Chubbiness" has been assembled by CanCam woman’s magazine and Avex entertainment company. The average weight of the gals in the group is 55 kilograms (121 pounds.) Anyone who drops below 50 kilograms (120 pounds)  will be fired from the group.

 

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Big, sexy, female Japanese "gravure idols" have been nicknamed "Earthen (clay) figures" after the traditional Japanese "Dogu" clay figurines which have big-eyes, small waists and wide hips.

TV programs have reported on the chubby boom and one show compared plus-size model Mizuki Tama to a Dogu figure by painting her body in the likeness of the clay figurine.

 
Magazines and DVDs that feature scantily-clad fat women are also popular. 
 

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