Posts Tagged ‘Japanese’

“Fukuppy” Media Disaster Continues – MSM-types from CNN, TIME, and the Washington Post Victimized – Who Will Be Next?

Monday, October 14th, 2013

This is from yesterday - it involved a Washington Post employee.

Here’s TIME from just a few hours ago

“Social media platforms over the weekend were brimming with sarcastic critiques of Fukushima’s newest unofficial mascot, Fukuppy, after a local refrigerator manufacturer in the disaster-struck prefecture unveiled their latest publicity creation.

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/10/14/look-its-fukuppy-to-the-rescue/#ixzz2hhVmRXLI 

And here’s CNN:

Kyung Lah ‏@KyungLahCNN

Truth is stranger than fiction. #Fukushima‘s new “cute” mascot is Fukuppy. http://www.fukusima.co.jp/  #CNN

And actually, MSM, Twitter was debunking this myth three days ago.

It was there if you knew how to look for it?

FTR, Fukushima is a family name as well as a place name.

FTR, “.co” in a URL means company, not government.

On It Goes…

Fukuppy: Washington Post Correspondent Chico Harlan Pollutes Twitter with Misinformation about a Japanese Corporate Mascot

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

[UPDATE: Oh, here we go: "The thing I passed along yesterday about the "Fukuppy" mascot -- please disregard; it has nothing whatsoever to do with Fukushima Prefecture." So, move along, people. Nothing to see here. Excepting that initial Tweet is not the way you're supposed to pass along info on Twitter, but anyway..]

Here’s the Tweet In Question:

“A Japanese corporation created a mascot to enhance the image of Fukushima and reduce food fears. Its name: Fukuppy. http://www.fukusima.co.jp/character/index.html …

See?

But it’s just a coincidence that the family name Fukushima (Lucky Island, something like that) is also the name of a prefecture in Japan.

So, Fukushima Industries makes fridges out of Osaka (which is Down South, Japan-wise) and this whole deal has nothing to do with Fukushima Prefecture (which is Up North) or any nuclear panner plants.

I’ll concede that this isn’t the best choice for a mascot name:

The jibber-jabber underneath is Fukuppy’s Dewar’s Profile – he comes from a Fukushima brand fridge and he’s coy about being a boy.

Now, one supposes that Fukuppy the winged egg mascot is concerned about keeping your food safe and cool. One supposes.

So, what Chico should have done was to check his work and/or show his work and/or do a retweet rather than to just cite the source.

IMO.

And 20 hours is a long time to do a correction in the Twittersphere, regardless of whichever time zone you live in.

This is akin to confusing the Washington Redskins mascot with the government of Washington State. IMO.

Just saying.

“Meat Day” Comes on the 29th of Every Month in Japantown – But Uh Oh: “Except for Sausage, Bacon, Ham”

Friday, October 4th, 2013

This is a monthly thing for four-star Yelp-rated Nijiya Market at 1737 Post St (between Buchanan and Webster) in Godforsaken, windblown, Redeveloped, and concrete-and-clay-and-general-decay Japantown.*

But what’s this,”EXCEPT FOR SAUSAGE, BACON, HAM?”

Those are like the three best animals, man!

A good thing is when the have cases of “imported” Sapporo Draft (aka Premium) (kara サッポロビール株式会社 Sapporo Bīru Kabushiki-gaisha) on sale for $13. (Yeah, imported from Ontario, Canada(!), but I guess an import is an import.)

Anyway, enjoy your Meat Days, San Francisco!

Homer: Are you saying you’re never going to eat any animal again? What about bacon?

Lisa: No.

Homer: Ham?

Lisa: No.

Homer: Pork chops?

Lisa: Dad, those all come from the same animal.

Homer: Heh heh heh. Ooh, yeah, right, Lisa. A wonderful, magical animal.

*I haven’t a clue on how to best fix earthquake-unsafe J-Town. Before the Great Recession, the solution was going to be something like 500 new condos in the nabe, each with a $100,000 fee tacked on to help pay for a new Japantown Garage and whatnot. But some businesses inside the horrible mall buildings are thriving and some are not, so it’s not an easy call to have a giant implosion and just start over. And, up to now, there’s been no money for that kind of thing anyway…

Any Given Sunday in San Francisco’s Japantown: Anime Everywhere – A Parade on Post Street

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Or maybe this was 2013 Super Hero Day, IDK.

Anyway, J-Town has stuff going on all the time.

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And there’s free WiFi to boot.

Upcoming events:

SANSEI LIVE – Coming Together for Kimochi Seniors

Saturday, October 19, 2013
    Kimochi and KTVU’s Robert Handa and Jana Katsuyama invite you to join the 30th Anniversary of Sansei Live! on Saturday, October 19
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Spooktacular Halloween Party, Parade & Trick or Treat in Japantown

Sunday, Oct 27, 12:00pm-4:00pm
    Everyone is invited for good old-fashioned fun at the a Spooktacular Halloween Party & Trick or Treat on Sunday, Octob…
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Kimochi Silver Bells Arts and Craft Faire

Saturday, December 14, 2013
    10:00AM-4:00PM The Event Center at St Mary’s Cathedral 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 Free Admission ∗ Free Parking (space available basis)…

Know Your Indestructible Japanese Cars of Yesteryear: A Starlet at Benihana, an Aging Toyota in Japantown

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Haven’t seen one of these in a while.

Rear-wheel-drive – unusual:

The Craziest Billboard Ever: “Visit Beautiful Island! Dodko, Korea!” – Insincerely Looming Over the I-80 in SoMA

Friday, August 30th, 2013

All right, here we go:

“The Liancourt Rocks … are a group of small islets in the Sea of Japan.”

Visiting these rocks for just 20 minutes, maximum, would involve a two lengthy flights* and then a 14-hour round-trip boat ride.

So this billboard, which is getting a lot of attention in South Korea, isn’t to promote tourism, it’s to promote politics:

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So it’s just like this one** (that used to be near AT&T Park?) that was put up by a Yelp three-star dentist from San Jose, who*** probably charges too much money if he has the spare cash to produce ineffectual billboards like these.

Which is fair enough.

I s’pose.

Now the thing about the “East Sea” is that every sea is an east sea, right? So we should rename the Atlantic Ocean the East Ocean because that’s how it seems from our perspective? And without Japan, the Sea of Japan would just be the Pacific Ocean, right?

All right, I’ll just sit back and wait for the invasion of the Liancourt Rocks, which is never going to happen, but if it did, it would go a little something like this.

All the deets:

“The Liancourt Rocks, also known as Dokdo or Tokto (독도/獨島, literally “solitary island”) in Korean, and Takeshima (たけしま/竹島?, literally “bamboo island”) in Japanese,[1] are a group of small islets in the Sea of Japan.” 

* Crew Resource Management optional?

** Significant? No. Nobody cared about the World Baseball Classic, 90% of San Franciscans have no knowledge of it.

*** Am I supposed to know what “Top Best *8*” means? I don’t.

Awesome Bronze Japanese Guardian Lions Installed at Our Asian Art Museum – Donated by Marsha Vargas Handley

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

I missed the big installation yesterday but KTSF was there.

Check it.

Here’s what the “South Lion” looks like.  Its left paw is “resting on a Buddhist jewel with an openwork design of sculpted peonies, a flower closely associated with lions.” DNKT.

This is a composite shot, but it’s the best one I have now. Guardian lion, 1868-1912. Japan. Bronze. Gift of Marsha Vargas Handley in memory of Raymond G. Handley 

These critters certainly have found an appropriate resting place!

The ceremonial unveiling is coming soon.

All the deets from your Asian Art Museum:

“ASIAN ART MUSEUM INSTALLS TWO JAPANESE BRONZE LIONS ON FRONT STEPS

The Asian Art Museum has installed two monumental Japanese bronze lion sculptures on granite plinths outside the museum’s front entrance on Larkin Street. Recently acquired by the museum through a donation from longtime supporter Marsha Vargas Handley in memory of Raymond G. Handley, the 800 lb. sculptures date to the late nineteenth century and are similar to the majestic guardian lions typically placed opposite each other outside Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines.

The practice of adorning public buildings with sculptures of lions is a time-honored custom in the US–the New York Public Library and the Art Institute of Chicago are noteworthy examples. The granite plinths outside the Asian Art Museum may well have been intended to support sculptures of lions when the building was originally built in 1916 to serve as the San Francisco Main Public Library. The museum is now following that longstanding tradition–this time with a uniquely Asian spin–giving a sneak peek of the treasures held inside.

The lion on the museum’s south side has its left paw resting on a Buddhist jewel, with an openwork design of sculpted peonies, a flower closely associated with lions. The south lion’s mouth is open, and the north lion’s is closed, symbolizing the sounds and spirit of the Japanese pronunciation of the first and last letters of the Sanskrit alphabet: “A” is pronounced with the mouth open, and “Un” with the mouth closed.

Physical Description: These lions’ enormous size—nearly five feet tall and six feet long— and standing positions are unusual. Paired guardian lions outside shrines today are often shown seated or crouching, and most are made of stone, wood, or, less commonly, ceramic. This pair of large sculptures also stands out in material (bronze). Relatively few bronze guardian lions from before World War II survive, due in part to mandatory metal collections ordered by the Japanese government during the war.

Conservation: The lions have undergone extensive conservation treatment, including repairs to the feet that fasten them to a new, customized base—a strategy of earthquake preparedness. Several layers of protective coating were applied to resist weathering of Ceremonial Unveiling: Details for a forthcoming ceremonial unveiling event will be announced soon.”

Learning From Japan, 2013: Internet Service What’s 100-1000 Times Faster But Also Cheaper Than Yours in San Francisco

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Well, I don’t know if the people at Google Fiber should feel ashamed, but check it:

SONY-BACKED ISP SHAMES GOOGLE FIBER, LAUNCHES 2GBPS SERVICE IN JAPAN

That’s like what, about a thousand times faster than your AT&T ADSL connection for less than what Google charges for Google Fiber?

You know why we don’t have this here? Because of politically-connected monopolies like Comcast.

JAPAN DON’T HAVE NO COMCAST, YOU DIG?

Of course, the Japanese pay waaaaaay too much for rice, on account of bad policies having to do with mom and pop farmers, but they’re doing lots better than us with the internet.

Obvs.

And did you know that there are people living out there west of San Francisco, all the way out there in the Outer Richmond and the Outset (the Outer Sunset) who can’t get cable internet or DSL at any price? Yes, in this day and age, in 2013, there are people in this so-called World Capital of Innovation who go online with a dial up modem because they have no choice.

Poor devils.

Poor, poor West Bay devils. (At least they have Ocean Beach.)

In closing, the Comcast monopoly ought to get shut down and Sony should start selling us internet for cheap.

Learning From Japan, 2013: The Only Dignified Form of Public Transit? Rickshaw, Rickshaw, Rickshaw!

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Rickshaws were first used in Japan, so it’s appropriate that they’re still in use.

I guess.

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Anyway, these contraptions are illegal in some places, but not Japan, not yet…