Sacred penises at the Awashima jinja in Wakayama. This shrine attracts many female visitors who come to pray
for safe childbirths, pregnancies, and cures for feminine troubles.
Bonsai plant in Showa Kinen Koen. Many of the plants in this lovely little bonsai garden are hundreds of years old and some are equisitely beautiful. There are also huge fields of flowers, a Japanese garden, and an incredible children’s playground. The children’s playground has giant, climbable dragon sculptures, rubber mountains for bouncing on, a water park, unicycle training area, and a “sea of mist”. The best time to see the flowers is late-April to early-May, but the park is enjoyable any time. It’s on the Chuo Line about 30 minutes from Shinjuku. Click here for the park’s website.
A month or so ago, I received some Matsuzaka beef as a present, and was surprised to get this certificate of authenticity with our meat. Not only did the certificate have information about the cow (whose name was Takako, by the way), but it also had information on her ancestors, going back to her great-grandfather.
1. Cow registration
2. Inspector’s name: Fukumi Okano
3. Takako’s nose print
4. Takako; birthday: Aug. 2, 2005
5. Father: Shigefuku
6. Mother: Takateru: 79.5 kg
7. Grandfather: Anpei
8. Grandfather: Takazakura
9. Great-grandfather: Yasujuku
Great-grandmother: Itohiro II
Plastic food for restaurant window displays in the Doguya-suji, a shopping arcade in the Namba district of Osaka.
WWII veterans marching through the gates at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine.
Japanese trains are basically cattle cars, filled with falling-down drunk, tobacco-reeking salary men, gropers, people madly rushing for trains when there’s another one coming two minutes later, and selfish individuals that would refuse to give up their seat to a 90-year-old blind woman with one leg.
With that in mind, is this the best thing they can come up with for a manner poster? Isn’t this more towards the “pet peeve” end of the spectrum than an example of a dangerous behavior or something that inconveniences other passengers? This is clearly an aesthetic complaint, so maybe now they’ll listen to my idea for a poster telling people not to wear white socks with black pants and shoes.
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