Marimokkori is a character popularized in Hokkaido, Japan. Much like the Tamagochi, the name “Marimokkori” is a pun: marimo is the word for the green algae clusters that grow in some of Hokkaido‘s lakes, while mokkori is a Japanese slang term for an erection.
Marimokkori’s fame comes through merchandising, with a number of various souvenirs being sold in Hokkaid? and throughout Japan.
And here’s a Morimokkori boy band:
If you’re interested, you can also buy a Marimokkori CD (a great idea for Xmas ahah!)
Wandering around my neighborhood I found a battery vending machine. You know, where you put money and you can automatically buy some batteries. Ordinary things, here in Japan. So I started wondering, what kind of vending machines do exist here in Japan, the homeland of vending machines?
Well, this is a list of the most interesting (from PhotoMann.com)
Battery Vending Machine
Drinks & Cigarettes
Mobile Photo Recharger
Little toys for kids (and sometimes for me too)
Hot snack (french fries and hot dogs too)
The egg vending machine!
Energy drinks & Condoms!
and.. Used Panties!
Check PhotoMann.com for more infos.. that website is great!
When the world economy is going to rack and ruin and a lot of people have been laid off, I’m wondering.. what’s the solution?
Well, the Japanese Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa has great advice to give: get drunk!
During the G7 meeting of finance ministers in Rome few days ago, Nakagawa was seen to be slurring his words and exhibiting other odd behavior, which some attributed to alcohol.However, he stated that the reason for his drowsiness and slurred speech was that he had taken too much cold medicine before the meeting.
Some points about this guy:
- Nakagawa is known as a heavy drinker (although he has announced attempts to quit drinking on several occasions).
- After winning an election in 2000, he famously painted a black “teardrop” on a daruma doll as he was too drunk to paint the eye in correctly.
- In April 2004, it was revealed that he had not been paying into the national pension plan for 21 years (yeah, who cares, I’m a minister!)
- On January 6, 2007, in an interview with a reporter from the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, Nakagawa stated “Women have their proper place: they should be womanly…They have their own abilities and these should be fully exercised, for example in flower arranging, sewing, or cooking. It’s not a matter of good or bad, but we need to accept reality that men and women are genetically different“
However, Nakagawa san is in good company!
Nakagawa’s party colleagues Yoshiro Mori found the performance – where the minister was representing Japan on the international stage – less than amusing and immediately concluded that Nakagawa’s stupor was alcohol-induced.
But Mori himself has more his own brushes with embarrassment. During his short tenure as prime minister from 2001 to 2003, he suggested that childless women should be barred from receiving social security payments once they retired.
And a former public health minister once referred to women as “birth machines.”
Even current Prime Minister Taro Aso once insulted pensioners when he accused them of constantly visiting their physicians instead of keeping themselves fit and healthy.
Aso’s Government is definitely a mess..
Anyway, he resigned yesterday..