Wednesday, February 22, 2012 2:37:44 AM
So Hashi from Tofugu apparently uncovered something... amazing. A scroll dating from the Edo period in Japan entitled 屁合戦 he gassen
, the Farting Battle. Three guesses what this ancient scroll depicts. There are Japanese people left and right using the power of extreme farts to knock each other over, engaging in Dragon Ball-esque power struggles of farts, smashing through walls, and fanning incoming farts, diverting them to a safer direction.
Well, that's a good, and unanswered question. Could this be the ancient Japanese 4chan? Well apparently, this scroll is not the only one in existence
. Check out the album below for the full scroll, or the Waseda University page on it
.The full album can be viewed here.
Sunday, February 19, 2012 11:56:07 AM
Here are some 川柳 Senryuu
poems as written by Salarymen competing in Daichi Life Insurance's annual competition. Senryuu are basically poems that have less than 14 sounds and the subject matter of which is usually human foibles. Via Japan Probe
節電で 早く帰ると なげく妻setsuden de, hayaku kaeru to, nageku tsuma
To conserve electricity – I’ve been sent home from work early – my wife sighs.
がんばろう 日本とあんた 妻が言うganbarou, nippon to anta, tsuma ga iu
Ganbarou! – Both you and Japan – says my wife.
円高だ！ 海外行くぞ 円が無いendaka da! kaigai iku zo, en ga nai
The value of the yen is rising – I’m going overseas! – I don’t have yen.
父に聞き その後必ず 母に聞くchichi ni kiki, sono ato kanarazu, haha ni kiku
Ask Dad – then always after that – ask Mom.
スマートフォン 妻と同じで 操れずsumaatofon, tsuma to onaji de, ayatsurezu
Smart phone – it’s just like my wife – I can’t control it.
ＥＸＣＥＬを エグザイルと 読む部長EXCEL wo, eguzairu to, yomu buchou
“Excel” – as “Exile” – my boss reads it that way.
オレの指 スマホも部下も 動かせずore no yubi, sumaho mo buka mo, ugokasezu
My finger – my smartphone and my subordinates – it cannot control either.
酒やめた 健康診断 終るまでsake yameta, kenkou shinndan, owaru made
I’ve stopped drinking – until after my health check-up.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 2:07:23 PM
Here is a collection of some Japan-made rage comics. If you are unfamiliar with rage comics, they are comics using the widely popular rage faces
. If you have been using the internet for any amount of time over the past year, I'm sure that you have seen at least a few around, and many more if you are a regular at sites like Reddit, Tumblr or TheChive.
Some discussion has happened over on the 2chan boards
going into more detail about the exact meanings and usage of the rage faces, and they basically have it down.
One reddit user, and also a teacher at a Japanese university had his students make their own rage comics using the popular rage faces. While the usage is a little unorthodox, some of them are quite good considering the language and culture barriers! You can check out many others on the devoted subreddit
Here is a taste of some of the better and the so-bad-they're-good: