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Worship the Wang March 26, 2010

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BWT is so happy that spring is finally here!

It’s a time to think about the blooming of flowers, baby lambs frolicking in the grass, and… penis and vagina festivals?

The numerous festivals, held all over Japan, feature giant vajayjays paraded down streets, and six-and-a-half foot wooden phalluses.  But these festivals are no laughing matter – they date back 1,500 years, held to ensure a good harvest and promote baby-making.

Japan currently has one of the world’s lowest birthrates (1.37 children per woman), which experts blame on stagnant incomes and changing gender relations.

The festivals are also great income generators – with tourists travelling far and wide to see the, erm, attractions.

Well, you’ve got to admit, it’s a nice change from the usual ‘visit Harajuku and dress up as a geisha’ tourist activity, isn’t it?

More genital action here.

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Japan Cracks Down on Child Pornography – One Pixel at a Time March 16, 2010

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The Tokyo Metropolitan government have announced they are proposing to extend the reach of existing child pornography laws to include a ban on provocative “visual depictions” of underage “nonexistent youths” – meaning, comic, videogame and cartoon characters.

The law in question is the Metropolitan Tokyo youth welfare law.  The amendment would mean that a provocative and/or sexual depiction of a character that appears to be eighteen years or younger would be banned.

However, the proposals have met strong opposition from some groups – most notably from manga creators.

Manga is a form of comic, and very popular in Japan.  Unlike the perception of comics in the West, manga covers many genres and appeals to a wide range of audiences, including women, children and the elderly.

Some high profile manga creators have stated that the amended law restricts their artistic freedom.  The proposed legislation can be “freely” interpreted and would affect manga characters “despite no living beings being hurt.”

Either way, the law would only apply in Metropolitan Tokyo, and not elsewhere in Japan.

What do you think, BWT readers?  Does child pornography extend to drawn depictions of virtual characters?  Do you think the proposal – if passed – would be a good thing, or a bad thing?  And how would someone be able to indentify if an image is underage?

BWT will keep you posted on any developments.

More here and here.

Oolong The Rabbit March 9, 2010

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Oolong the rabbit was cute.  Ridiculously cute.  He also happened to be rather good at balancing inanimate objects on his head.  That’s why he became an internet sensation, after his owner began publishing photos of his amazingy furryness back in 1999.

Sadly you may notice we speak in past tense, as Oolong passed away in 2003.  But if you remember Oolong (and if you’ve had anything to do with the internet that isn’t porn, you probably do), you can now cherish his life and waffle-balancing adventures in a new book called In Almost Every Picture #8.  It’s a beautiful, 144-page photography book, featuring Oolong in all of his flat headed glory.  From bananas to teapots – there was nothing that little guy couldn’t handle.

Oolong’s owner, Hironori Akutagawa, now has a new rabbit, and is teaching it the ways of Oolong’s many balancing talents.  But nothing can really replace Oolong.  He will always remain dear in our hearts.

Rest in peace, furry flat-headed dude.

P.S. If you can get through The Telegraph’s entire Oolong gallery without getting the sniffles, then you are COLD AND DEAD INSIDE.

How To Look Cool Eating Sushi February 4, 2010

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Did you know that putting your chopsticks into a bowl of rice could be viewed as highly offensive?

How about the implications of leaving bits of rice in your bowl?

Do you know your “Itadaki masu!” from your “Gochi-so-sama-deshi-ta”?

If you answered no to any of the above, then you might want to head over to askmen.com, who have put together the Top 10 Rules of Sushi Etiquette.

Be warned though – it might make you peckish.