Japanese national holiday nationalists

As yesterday was Showa Day, a national holiday which until two years ago was known by the much nicer name of Greenery Day, tens of thousands of Tokyoites bundled up their barbecues along with some beers and made a beeline for the city’s, erm, green bits.

Japanese bbq

However, while the newly named holiday is officially supposed to encourage reflection on the reign of Emperor Hirohito (Showa), it falls on the same day that used to celebrate the ex-head of state’s birthday, meaning that large numbers of nationalists not surprisingly decided to forego the option of some food and a bit of fun.

Instead choosing to deafeningly drive around blaring out their bigoted bile,

Japanese nationalists

regardless of whether people they passed were partial to their nonsense,

Japanese nationalists

or not.

Tokyo pachinko promotion

With today being a national holiday (Showa Day), parks the length and breadth of the country will be predictably packed out, although that said, they probably won’t boast the same staggering number of people as the nation’s plentiful supply of pachinko parlours; salary men of all ages willingly swapping the orderliness of the office for the ball bearing-based cacophony of a Beam,

pachinko

or even a Baccarat.

pachinko

However, with pachinko’s gargantuan earnings now far from guaranteed, promotion is paramount, with drum-loving,

pachinko

and deranged old dears,

pachinko

somewhat surprisingly deemed as ideal.

pachinko

Japanese stained glass stickers

Due to a distinct lack of interested people to pick from, along with the almost legendary land prices, churches in the Japanese capital have to make do with what meagreness they can manage. So, apart from the customary cross, facilities tend to be far from fancy.

Tokyo church

Although that said, the place above is doing better than this pitiful apartment of prayer.

Tokyo church

But, on the other hand, its stick-on stained glass windows are somewhat woeful,

Tokyo church

and, it has to be said, a little worse for wear.

Tokyo church

Japanese drinking indoctrination

With the Japanese school year now almost a month old, many students will be steadily settling in to a new system and surroundings. For others though, things may not be so simple, with the likes of bullying and baffling bureaucracy a constant bane.

But thankfully help is at hand, as worried youngsters can now simply look to the stressed-out salary men that sired them, and lunge straight for the lager — or at least a lovingly created likeness.

Japanese kids beer

Which, as well as being welcome both before and after school, is luckily in plentiful supply,

Japanese kids beer

and is positively perfect for parties with similarly persecuted peers.

Japanese kimono cover

The Beatles Abbey Road album cover may well have created a bit of controversy and at the same time caused a humble crossing to become a cultural icon for camera-wielding converts; however, the omission of bushy beards aside, this cheeky little kimono-based copy does have a certain, ahem, something.

Japanese kimono