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Swastika symbol removed from maps for foreigners

Comparison of nazi swastika to Japanese manji symbol for temples on maps

A traditional symbol that resembles a swastika which is used to indicate Buddhist temples on maps for foreign tourists in Japan will be replaced. The Japanese map symbol is called "manji" and originates from an ancient Sanskrit symbol that has been associated with Japanese Buddhism for centuries. The manji symbol looks very similar to the Nazi swastika symbol that was used by Adolf Hitler to represent the Nazis in Germany from 1920, through WWII and the early 1940s.

 

Swastika symbols used for temples on maps in Japan

 

Swastika icon indicates temple on local map in Japan Swastika symbols is similar to Japanese Manji ideogram denoting temples on pedestrian maps and other maps in Japan

 

Japanese Manji character resembles swastika symbol on maps in Japan

Map icon looks like swastika - indicates temples in Japan

 

In order to avoid confusion about the meaning of the map swastikas, the symbols will be replaced with a three-storied pagoda icon on maps for tourists. The manji icon on Japanese maps will not be changed.

New symbols for Japanese tourist maps replace swastika for olympics 2020

Results of an international study by Japan’s Geospatial Information Authority prompted the agency to revise some symbols on tourist maps in Japan.

news source: Examiner (pdf) photos: Iwate; Koenji; Yokohama; Miyagi

Japan Geospatial Information Authority (Japanese)  (English translation)

Sexy city stamp rally promotional poster recalled

Minokamo busty stamp rally poster Japan

A provocative poster promoting a local shopping incentive campaign by the Minokamo City Tourist Association has been recalled due to public outcry.

The poster features a manga illustration of a woman with an exaggerated bust size. The character is from a popular anime TV program which is being used in a tie-in with the city’s "stamp rally" point card campaign. A stamp rally is a promotional effort in which users receive a blank booklet and have the booklet stamped when they make a purchase at participating retailers. When the booklet is full of stamps, the customer receives a free gift or a discount on goods from a specific retailer, a group of participating merchants, or the organization sponsoring the campaign. Stamp rallies are also used for short term offers such as during local festivals or local events.

 

Minokamo buxom anime character used in stamp rally poster in Japan

The Minokamo City poster features a buxom female character from "Nourin", an anime TV series based on a 2014 novel for young adults about an agricultural high school. The story focuses on a fictitious school that is based on an unnamed actual school in Minokamo. Several female characters from the animated program are used in the stamp rally.

The controversial poster was distributed in late November to 21 Minokamo City shops and the local train station. On November 29, the poster at the station was removed due to complaints.

Minokamo is located in Gifu Prefecture, Japan.

 

Anime character used in Minokamo city PR campaigns in Japan

 

Other stamp rally posters for communities and tourism campaigns in Japan

 

Hokkaido tourism stamp rally poster in Japan Mie prefecture stamp rally poster in Japan

Mt. Fuji stamp rally poster in Japan

 

Tokushima stamp rally poster in Japan Wakayama stamp rally poster in Japan

Yokohama stamp rally poster in Japan

Train gropers flagged with smartphone sticker stamper

Police department in Japan issues anti-molester sticker that stamps perpetrator on hand

 

 Railway police in a Tokyo suburb are handing out free stickers that use red ink to identify molesters caught on trains.

The "Molester Deterence Seal" (in Japanese "Chikan Seal") is a 2-ply peel-off sticker intended to be put on smartphones. The 1.5 centimeter diameter sticker is applied to the back of a smartphone. The outer image layer warns perverts "Don’t Touch Me." Police suggest that the warning be flashed first at molesters. If the molester continues, the victim can flip the phone over, peel off the top layer of the sticker with a fingernail to reveal a red-inked "X", and stamp the pervert’s hand, leaving an indelible red X on the top of the hand of the suspected perp.

According to police, many girls and women who have been touched inappropriately on trains refrain from shouting or otherwise identifying the culprit.

 

Chikan Seal train molester red ink marks hand in Japan

The free anti-molester mobile phone sticker-stampers can be obtained upon request at Saitama Prefecture police offices in train stations. Distribution began in January. Saitama Prefecture police also distribute the sticker and other anti-molester educational materials in junior high schools.

Police say the red X on a suspect’s hand, along with security camera footage and witnesses can help identify molesters.

 

Unofficial Chikan Seal train groper sticker for sale Police departments use cute in Japan crackdown on train gropers

Similar "unofficial" chikan-stop-groper stickers are also being sold online. One 3-piece "Molester Repel Seal "sticker pack" has the words "Don’t touch me" in English and Japanese printed around a manga-style female face. Another unofficial anti-pervert sticker set features a cute cat and a "no symbol" over a molester’s hand.

 

photos: osaka police; Aichi police; Hyogo police; Miyagi police; Kanagawa police; Chiba police; Tokyo police; Tokyo police; Tokyo police; Tokushima police; Fukuoka police

 

Battle of black buns: Burger King vs. McDonald’s in Japan

Ikasumi squid ink colors lots of foods long time in Japan

 

McDonald's ikasumi burger with squid ink color in Japan McDonald's ikasumi burger advertising poster in Japan A McDonald’s double cheeseburger that has black buns, and is topped with fried onions, yellow chipotle sauce and yellow cheddar cheese will go on sale at all McDonald’s Japan stores October 8. The special "Ikasumi Burger", colored black with squid ink, is available now at 3 McDonald’s outlets in Tokyo. The contrasting yellow ingredients on a black bun is intended to be a Halloween color scheme.

McDonald’s is also offering its Chicken Fileo on a white bun topped with Camembert sauce.

Mcdonald’s advertising suggests the white burger is a ghost and the black burger represents a black cat or a witch. Both items sell for JPY 370.

 

Burger King black burger whopper kuro burger Japan Burger King in Japan began selling an all-black "Kuro burger" in early September. The Kuro Diamond Whopper sells for JPY 690, and the Kuro Pearl for JPY 480.

A variety of ika sumi foods can be found at some stores, restaurants and bakeries in Japan. Many recipes for ink-inspired foods are available online.

 

Ika sumi boom in 2004

 

Squid ink blackened ika sumi potato chips in Japan

 

During the 2004 ika sumi fad, foods dyed with squid ink included ramen, rice, pasta, yaki soba noodles, sausage, gyoza chinese dumplings, octopus balls, jumbo garlic bread, donuts, gelato, bagels, curry bread, salsa, steamed Chinese buns, cheese, soup, cake, cookies, ice cream, potato chips, salt and pretzels.

 

Squid ink blackened ika sumi yaki soba in Japan Black yaki soba noodles in Japan made with squid ink sumi yaki soba in Japan

 

Black bagel in Japan made with squid ink ikasumi Black garlic bread in Japan made with squid ink ikasumi Cookie in Japan made with squid ink ikasumi

 

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3D breasts popping up on gadget accessories; Big thumb swipe - personal parts popular in Japan

 

Handy tablet thumb stylus, pointy stick-on teeth and other gadgets and products that look like body parts help Japanese have a convenient and happy daily life.

 

mouse pad with 3D breasts thumb size finger stylus extender for tablets and smartphones

All thumbs not the same

A thumb-shaped slip-on stylus extender that provides more thumb and makes it easier for small hands to navigate the new big-screen smartphones and other devices is just the latest body part-inspired product made in Japan.

The prosthetic Yubi Nobiru thumb stylus is made by novelty goods maker Sanko and sells for JPY 1480. The finger debuted in May this year but has attracted attention now due to the debut of Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus which has a 5.5-inch screen.

 

Smartphone case breasts soft and squeezable

Silicone breasts on iPhone soft case in Japan Touch squeeze soft silicone breast on iPhone case in JapanSilicone ass and breast matching smart phone case from Japan

A phone case for the iPhone 5s which features a female manga image and her embossed breasts lets fans have a squeeze when they use their phones. One line of cases features a manga "maid", a "sister", a "childhood friend", and an "older next door neighbor." Other cases feature anime characters. The iPhone 5s bust case costs between JPY 1200 ~ JPY 3200.
 

Mousepad has bulging bosom hand wrest

AKB48 girl group in Japan unauthorized mouse pad with 3D breasts and group member likeness AKB 48 girl idols performers in Japan mousepad 3D breasts and group photoAnime manga idol panties and thighs mouse pad from Japan Manga girls crotch is 3D embossed mouse pad in Japan

Computer mousepads with 3D wrist wrests shaped like breasts, buttocks, and the inner thighs or the crotches of hentai characters are also available in Japan. Many of the weighty busts are attached to mousepad photos of popular gravure idols or anime and manga characters. A mousepad with boobs and pictures of some members of the popular girl group AKB48 sells for JPY 2400.
 

Crooked tooth from dentist or DIY kit in JapanGirls teeth in Japan look like vampire fangs

Vampire teeth desirable

Imperfect teeth are common in Japan and the so-called "Yaeba Look" (snaggletooth) on women is considered to be attractive and cute by some people. Women in Japan who have perfect teeth can have a dental procedure to obtain the pointy yaeba tooth appearance. A less expensive method of getting cute teeth is to buy a DIY kit that contains mold powder and a pair of "vampire teeth." The user makes a mold of the real tooth, then sets the fake tooth into the mold, trims the dry assembly, and slips the fake tooth over the real tooth in the mouth. The Magical Tooth yaeba-make kit costs about JPY 2500.

 

Rest head in lady’s lap

Pillow for men looks like mini skirt woman kneeling Men lay head in crotch of ladies lap cushion pillow in Japan

The Hizamakura Lap Pillow is a foam pillow that looks like the legs of a kneeling woman. The pillow’s waist and hips is attired in a miniskirt. The pillow is made by Trane Corp. and debuted in the early 2000s. The legs of the original Hizamakura had a smooth skin-like texture. The foam legs of the new version are covered in a softer material, and the pillow is available in small and large size laps. The miniskirt model costs about JPY 9000. Trane also sells a leggy lap pillow wearing a "sexy china dress" slit skirt for JPY 12800.

 

Internal components

Japanese artist Megumi Igarishi offers 3D printer plans of her vagina

Japanese artist Megumi Igarishi has posted data that can be used with a 3D printer to create a likeness of her genitals. The artist specializes in "vagina art" and is seeking support for her "mold pussy" full-size boat project.

Silicone breasts on full size body

It seems an entire polyurethane and plastic female body could be assembled from consumer goods sold at retail outlets in Japan.

But if a DIY female is too troublesome, a ready made sex toy "Dutch Wife" may be satisfactory. Oriental Industry makes realistic, life-size female dolls from high-quality silicone, which feature lifelike skin and realistic eyes, and options for breast-size, facial expression, hand pose, hair styles and "under hair" preferences. Fully loaded, the dolls can cost up to JPY 600,000. (sex doll photos)

 
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iPhone 5s case
Idol mousepad photo shoot
One Piece 3D bust mousepad unboxing  
 
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Yaeba Look Magical Tooth Rakuten; Magical Tooth Japan Trend Shop

3D breast mousepads Amazon; Rakuten

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Dutch Wife Orient doll; Arte Tokio

Weather girls go watch guerilla thunderstorms

The Worlds Largest Weather Geek Community A TV weather channel in Japan has added staff "Guerilla Thunderstorm Girls" to its volunteer force of citizens who report weather conditions around the country.

A "guerilla storm" refers to a severe thunderstorm which occurs with little warning – and is hard for forecasters to predict – and which has the potential for heavy downpours, high winds and tornadoes.

Weathernews has utilized volunteers nationwide to monitor the weather and developing thunderstorms since 2008. The 50,000 "Guerilla Thunderstorm Guards" use the "Guerilla Thunderstorm Defender" smartphone app to report conditions and send images and video of cloud formations and rainfall to Weathernews, which displays the reports online and in broadcasts. Viewers can also register to receive special weather alert emails on their phones.

Weathernews is able to direct volunteers to storm areas up to 30-minutes in advance of possible guerilla downpours.

The channel has now introduced a special team of Guerilla Thunderstorm Girls – some of the weather report anchors – who are sent out to observe the clouds where there is a possibility of a guerrilla thunderstorm.

The team is outfitted with ponchos imprinted with the slogan "The World [sic] Largest Weather Geek Community."

 

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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.

 

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.

 

Contactless ID card opens indoor tomb door at Dentouin Akasaka Jouen in Tokyo Row of partitions dividing cremated remains storage areas at cemetery Dentouin Akasaka Jouen in Tokyo, Japan Private viewing booth at indoor tomb at Dentouin Akasaka Jouen in Tokyo

 

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.

 

Computer Controlled Automatic Cremation Urn Transfer System Toyota Industries Corp Computer Controlled Automatic Cremation Urn Transfer System Komyoji temple rein in Japan

Ryogoku-Ryouen mausoleum in Tokyo
 

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. (more…)

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.

 

Japan McDonald's doubles pickles upon request Japanese McDonald's puts stickers on double condiment burger wrapping

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.

 

Japanese dogu figurine looks like fat female model Dogu Japanese clay figure resembles Mizuki Tama large plus size marshmallow girl model in Japan

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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