Month: Last updated Aug 1, 2017

Self-Defence Force Land

You may have heard about this place in the news. It’s called the Rikujou Jieitai Kouhou Senta-, or the Ground Self-Defense Forces Public Information Center. It was part of a scandal involving wasteful government projects just after the defeat of the LDP in the last election. At that time it only received about 2,600 visitors per week, despite costing millions of dollars to run. Thanks to the scandal, however, it’s getting really crowded these days, although it remains to be seen what will happen when they start charging admission in April. It’s kind of a mediocre museum that you can walk through in about 15 minutes. There’s a history of the SDF, a bunch of tanks and helicopters, a 3D movie theater, and you can try on army uniforms or other military equipment like flak vests and parachute packs. The obligatory omiyage (souvenir) shop complete with military-themed cookies and candy. These “Dead or Alive” cookies are described on the box as a game of Russian Roulette. Ten out of 12 are regular sweet cookies, but two are extremely spicy and taste awful. To get there, take the Tobu-Tojo line, or Yurakucho/Fukutoshin Line to Wakoshi Station. From there, it’s about a 15-minute walk. Here’s a map: http://www.mod.go.jp/gsdf/eae/prcenter/guide.html Official site: http://www.mod.go.jp/gsdf/eae/prcenter/index.html (Japanese only) Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click...

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Signs

This statue of the Manneken Piss on the platform of JR Hamamatsu Station has been dressed up in a fire fighter’s uniform for the Spring Fire Prevention Campain. This sign in the Yanaka District of Tokyo says “No thieves permitted beyond this point.” This banner is advertising a graveyard. It struck me as odd to have the same type of festive advertisement that is used outside fast food restaurants. This poster on a train in Osaka says, “Groping forbidden. Absolutely forbidden.” It’s written in Osaka dialect using the word “akan” which means the same as the standard “dame” (forbidden). So, the price is 586,530,000 yen (about $US 5.1 million)? Giant pylons. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new...

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