Sinister Japanese scarecrows

With their bright colours and comedic clobber, some Japanese scarecrows are simply a bit silly. Others, however, aren’t anywhere near as appealing; quite possibly putting off both passersby and the pests they are there to protect against. And whilst admittedly they do sometimes seem serene.

Japanese scarecrow

They also appear sad,

Japanese scarecrow

sullen,

Japanese scarecrow

as well as suitably sinister.

Japanese scarecrow

With the odd one even appearing almost semi-sentient.

Japanese scarecrow

Sort of.

Japanese festival fun

With August throwing up a positive flurry of local festivals, it offers the perfect opportunity for those participating to cast aside concerns about the economy as well as the coming months, and instead get dressed up and do a bit of dancing.

Japanese festival dancing

Preferably with a plethora of other people.

Japanese festival dancing

In perfectly choreographed positions.

Japanese festival dancing

With fun,

Japanese festival dancing

and the odd flourish,

Japanese festival dancing

very much the order of the day.

Japanese festival dancing

And such painstakingly prepared pandemonium isn’t just for parents either, as kids, whilst needing considerably more concentration,

Japanese festival dancing

can still manage most of the moves.

Japanese festival dancing

Although for some at least, such merriment is more than a little too much.

Japanese festival dancing

Frozen Japanese food

When it comes to culinary concoctions, I’m competent at best, and even that meagre boast may well be challenged by those who’ve had the misfortune to tentatively munch on one of my meals.

Yet that said, even if the cupboards were bare apart from a bit of bread, I’d still balk at buying this far from appealing frozen feast of ham and egg.

Japanese frozen food

A lousy looking lunch that arguably takes laziness, or indeed a total lack of talent, to new levels of lowness. Although it does, to be fair, save itself somewhat with that succulent soupçon of spinach.