The inception of this website began as an assignment for my Information Technology course. We were given full authority to choose whatever subject we so wished and Kendogeisha chose to cover the strange, funny and wacky news that never make it to the cover of newspapers. Most of the coverage will focus on the Land of the Rising Sun (a.k.a. Japan), since most outrageous things and situations seem to originate there. I will include interesting tidbits from other countries, if newsworthy or funny.
Why Kendogeisha for a title?
Quite simply, because it does not make sense. By juxtaposing two things that represent opposing elements (Kendo=Martial Arts=Strength=Male vs. Geisha=Arts=Delicate=Female), I wanted to highlight the ‘strange’ in japanese culture, and in life in general. Sometimes, things that don’t make sense, may actually do.
A must have before the plucker!
Your perfect date begins with a romantic candlelight dinner and ends with a night stroll down the beach listening to the crashing waves. After moments of silence, you both look into each others eyes with heads tilted….suddenly, your date reaches for his Breath Checker. A look of concern crosses your face, as you wonder if you’ll pass the breathalyzer test. You gently exhale into the white stick and wait a few minutes. A number four appears on the screen, and you let out a sigh of relief knowing that the onion soup didn’t ruin your evening. Crossing your fingers, you hope that your date passes the breathalyzer too, so that your perfect evening can be completed with the much awaited kiss.
Ah….how romantic! You too can have the perfect kiss with this new Breath Checker….for only $63US.
I came across Chiyo’s blog while doing my assignment research and found it hilarious. Even though this topic does not fall under the categories of strange gadgets or weird stories, it a common issue for Asian females. Enjoy the read and have a good laugh!
Korean Moms are advocates of ‘the paler, the better’. They buy obscene amounts of skin perfecting, purifying, whitening creams and tonics in order to become as pale as possible. Pale equals happiness. It doesn’t matter if an endangered whale had to be harpooned, its sperm collected, then shoved into a tiny Shesiedo bottle; if it makes them pale, Korean Moms will buy it. Not only will they buy it, they will take a bath in it. Having a healthy tan glow is not an option for the Korean Mom. That is death; pure and simple. In order not to suffer from tan skin, they will often wear driving gloves, and shield their faces with visors that resemble Robocop’s headgear, only not as cool or functional. If you are tan or even *gasp* sunburnt, be prepared for her not so secret looks of despair and shame when she introduces you to other Korean Moms. Yes. You, my tanned friend, are a disgrace. My Korean Mom used to buy foundation five shades lighter than her actual skin tone. When she was giving you the stank eye she looked a lot like a Sith Lord but scarier and with red lipstick.
Source: Stuff that Korean Moms Like
I’m sure many readers are familiar with lemon, grapefruit, strawberry, soy or even chocolate in skincare and bath products; so reading about food in body products is nothing new. Leave it to the Japanese to ‘up-it-a-notch’ and add C-U-R-R-Y–yes curry–into bath powder. There are four varieties available including: sweet, hot, very hot and white curry. All guaranteed to make you look (turns the bath into the corresponding colour too) and smell delicious.
Smell and taste sexy...
Source: CScout Japan
It’s amazing to think that the mobile phone has only been around twenty years or so, and has already revolutionized our lives. In most countries, the mobile phone is only used for chatting, texting or surfing the net. However in Japan, the phone has become the all-in-one carry device that can be used as a GPS or a debit card. In time, this technology will reach North American shores; but not anytime soon.
**For additional info on the multi-uses of the mobile phone, please refer to the video posted below**
Picture: CScout Japan
Posted in Japanese
Of all the strange gifts I’ve read and heard about, this certainly “takes the cake”. For $2900 Yen (approx. $29Cdn.), you can buy a fan-tie for that man in your life. Quite convenient, since it is USB powered; so your loved one can easily plug the fan to any computer port he can find nearby. Ladies, give this gift to your hubby/boyfriend this year, and I’m sure your get a nice screwdriver for your Christmas present next year.
Thanks to Japansugoi for the info.
Fresh cut liver and kidney, anyone?
This restaurant first made headlines in 2006; so it’s a fairly old news item. Old, but still interesting nevertheless……
For those who have watched the Sex and the City (SATC) movie, you’ll likely recall the interesting scene when Samantha [Kim Cattrall] tries to spice up her love life by becoming the “human” sushi plate (a.k.a. Nyotaimori in Japanese). The idea of the “human” sushi plate is not new, and has made its rounds in restaurants/lounges throughout the U.S. and Europe. The gimmick involves a male/female lying on a table–in the flesh–with pieces of sushi/food strategically placed. An enjoyable pleasure for some, disgusting for others.
A spin on this idea took eating to a whole new level. In Japan, you can now eat on a “fake human” sushi plate;made out of edible ingredients, of course. The “fake human” or “body”–depending on whichever sounds less sick–is placed on a table and in an environment that resembles an operating room. You and your friends may than proceed to act out your inner surgeon fantasies, by making incisions to the “body”. With each cut, blood will ooze out, like the real thing. The best part of it all?? You can eat the innards, because the intestines and organs are fully edible, as is the body. For those of you who have Hannibal Lecter fantasies, you may want to fly to Japan to give it a try.
Let’s hope that this was a one-restaurant gimmick that has died away. Otherwise, I’m happy to have my sushi on a ceramic plate, thank you.
Thanks to Weird Asia News for the info.
The above header is no typo, and certainly not a mistake. A couple taking a morning stroll in the mountainous area of Izu, central Japan, discover a tightly wrapped figure in the woods. Hair was protruding from one end, so it appeared to be the remains of a female body. Police were dispatched to the scene, and the body was taken for examination.
Dozens of officers were assigned to interview potential witnesses, and the chilling find (with picture) became the front cover story for the local newspaper. The following afternoon, the body was sent for autopsy, only to discover that the “corpse” was plastic.
A police spokesman apologized for the error, indicating that followed proper procedures. It was at this point the police divulged that the so called “corpse” had showed signs of repeated use. After investigation, authorities charged a 60-year old unemployed resident of Izu for violating Japan’s Waste Management Law. Apparently, the charged had kept the doll for many years after the death of his wife. He reluctantly disposed the doll because he was scheduled to move-in with one of his children. Refusing to dismember the doll and leave it at curbside, he chose to dispose it in the nearby woods instead.
Thanks to Pink Tentacle http://www.pinktentacle.com/2008/09/man-charged-with-dumping-silicone-girlfriend/ and Tokyo Mango http://www.tokyomango.com/tokyo_mango/2008/09/fake-dead-body.html for the news.