Japanese Town Menaced by Giant Marble Phallus

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JaceArveduin:

Katatori-kun:
muzukashiiing

I've no idea what exactly this word means, but the idea of knowing how to say it intrigues me.

It means "It's difficult," which is the standard Japanese bureaucrat response to any proposal they don't want to put forth any effort on but don't want to directly say "no" to.

So essentially, it's the standard Japanese bureaucrat response to any proposal that isn't already a part of their daily routine.

CriticalMiss:

Binnsyboy:

Senare:
Penis or not, a 16-foot statue could be pretty intimidating to a child.

But this is a country with a giant robot statue. What's scarier for a kid, the clearly marble guy, or the possibly real giant robot? :P

Japanese kids love massive robots. Provided they don't have some kind of techno-dong.

Firing main 'cannon'.

The title of this article has a Godzilla/Gamera/insert favorite Kaiji film written all over it

I'm sure that exactly this phenomenon was covered in a simpsons episode...

...but would it be fair to call it 'giant' given proportions?

Superbun:
"The statues are, of course, beautiful rather than obscene, but it seems the toddlers and their parents are unable to tell the DEFERENS. Things quickly came to a head, and the townsfolk decided to get the town's officials involved."

Difference*

That is all.

Google deferens... then you will also understand.

Seems Grey had fun with this one (cock-ups coming to a head and all). I kinda understand both sides of the argument. On one side, they are great works of Greek art while on the other hand, displaying marble genitalia in children's faces probably isn't exactly the greatest idea for raising socially comfortable children.

AlwaysPractical:

Seems Grey had fun with this one (cock-ups coming to a head and all). I kinda understand both sides of the argument. On one side, they are great works of Greek art while on the other hand, displaying marble genitalia in children's faces probably isn't exactly the greatest idea for raising socially comfortable children.

Meh... at its size, it's not in children's faces. Also, children aren't mentally scarred or traumatized by the sight - and it might lead to less socially-uncomfortable children.

Therumancer:
I'm sorry but someone needs to whap Japan upside the head. This is a nation that is internationally famed for being the home of earth's most bizzare perverts. Something new, and eye bleedingly shocking comes out of Japan constantly. They produce rape simulators for personal entertainment, and shocking porno movies of every variety of animation and live action availible. Even the comic books they release for kids oftentimes include a decent amount of sexual material...

Japan becomes a lot easier to understand when you realize that everything that filters into the west--games, films, porn, photographs of street life--is fringe.

Japanese people, on average, have less libido than just about any nation on earth. The weird fetishes and porn comics are the work of people at one end of the bell curve, the same one we have here in the United States, and like in the United States, those people tend to keep shop on the internet under an alias rather than in public.

If you wanted to make a photo album of "Lol America is Weird Pervert," you would need about fifteen minutes googling to produce photographs of bizarre public displays, headlines about bizarre sex exploits gone wrong, bizarre fetish conventions, and bizarre perverted flash games. We have festivals celebrating BDSM--in some places, and with some people. But if you put a giant marble penis in a public park, we, too, would get people complaining.

Scow2:
Meh... at its size, it's not in children's faces. Also, children aren't mentally scarred or traumatized by the sight - and it might lead to less socially-uncomfortable children.

Poor David...

This is purely from personal experience so I definitely can't say it always applies, but I have noticed that the people (most of them teenagers) I have met whose parents had a very relaxed relationship with exposing genitalia (e.g. walking around naked in their flat, letting kids run naked in playgrounds)(btw, I'm German so this is or at least was quite socially acceptable to many parents) ended up being quite unstable as teenagers, with some even going so far as to flash in class. Almost all of them watched unhealthy amounts of porn (including on their phone in school). Correlation doesn't mean causation but it's just a personal observation I've made.

Grey Carter:
Japanese Town Menaced by Giant Marble Phallus

According to Japan Daily Press, a local businessman paid for 16-foot-tall replicas of western art's most famous sculptures, Michelangelo's David and Alexandros of Antioch's Venus de Milo - to be erected in a nearby park. Unfortunately, there seems to have been a bit of a cock-up, as the park is part of a complex that contains sports arenas and a play area for young children. The statues are, of course, beautiful rather than obscene, but it seems the toddlers and their parents are unable to tell the deferens. Things quickly came to a head, and the townsfolk decided to get the town's officials involved.

Hehehe... erect.

Just so anyone is confused by the deferens joke, here is some info on the male anatomy: Vas Deferens

"... erected in a nearby park. Unfortunately, there seems to have been a bit of a cock-up."

Play on words?

Grey Carter:

"Some people have told the town's legislators that toddlers are afraid of the statues because they are so big and they appeared unexpectedly over the summer,"

...

I think I'll withhold the 'Don't Blink' joke on this one.

Maybe they shouldn't have put a statue of a naked man in what I appears to be a public park?

I'd totally go visit that statue if they put pink-heart-polka-dot'd boxers on it.

JaceArveduin:

Katatori-kun:
muzukashiiing

I've no idea what exactly this word means, but the idea of knowing how to say it intrigues me.

moo-zoo-kah-she

Its literal translation is "difficult" and if memory serves, it carries a similar connotation to "bitching" in English.

Japan literally has a penis festival. This is bizarre.

Oh no! The c hildren will be confused and terrified by a piece of anatomy that half of them probably already know about/have!

We must absolutely protect our children from their own anatomy and censor a wonderful piece of art!

I doubt the majority of the population are worried and that its mostly just a small group of loons.

If the children are so bothered, we all know that by age 13, japanese children typically carry swords long enough to remove offending object.

Japan is actually very sensitive about the image of the phallus, despite what you may think.

Evil Cabbage:
"... erected in a nearby park. Unfortunately, there seems to have been a bit of a cock-up."

Play on words?

Complete coincidence actually.

If it was still a problem after the first 4 hours they should have called a doctor.

But I don't think it would have made a vas diferens... oh wait, that jokes' been done already... Penis.

Scared of a statue?

The only statues they should be scared of are these ones.

image

This was news last week really, slow on reporting it seems.
But yeah japanese have this penis taboo and its still not pushed out of the culture sadly.

Grey Carter:
The statues are, of course, beautiful rather than obscene, but it seems the toddlers and their parents are unable to tell the deferens.

You are a terrible, terrible person.

OT: Different cultures, different standards. Oh well. I'd actually be interested in seeing what sort of underpants they put on him.

I'd kind of be behind this if it weren't for the statue in question. Putting up a statue of a naked dude in a public park warrants controversy, but putting up Michaelangelo's David doesn't seem like it would. I thought that David was like the Mona Lisa, where pretty much everyone knows about it. Maybe it's different over in Japan, I don't know.

Oh, and to quote myself because I realize how stupid it sounds: "Putting up a statue of a naked dude warrants controversy, but putting up what is arguably the most famous naked dude statue in the world doesn't seem like it would.

Lokoloshe:
The article mentioned statues of both David and the Venus de Milo.

Guess it's only morally offensive when it concerns the male body.

Indeed it is! Venus covers her privates with a fine marble cloth, while David leaves his dong hanging out in the open. That's why some see an issue with him. Other might complain that Venuses tits are too small though, considering their usual artistic depiction of women :P

OT: The puns, oh gods those puns :D

"The statues are, of course, beautiful rather than obscene, but it seems the toddlers and their parents are unable to tell the deferens."

Boooo

Anyway Japan's relationship with dicks is weird and I honestly just don't get it.

So... many... puns... urgh!

I don't know what to do with the news in this article, but reading it is a delight. Very well played Escapist.

Skeleon:
So... many... puns... urgh!

And...so...many...more...in the comments...

This issue has grown for no reason. I had no idea doing this sort of thing was so hard in Japan. The reasoning behind that course of action is quite thick and at best a long shot. I think they ought to grow some balls and just show the male body as it is. There's always going to be someone who gets a throbbing headache from this sort of stuff and ends up bursting veins because they have nothing better to do. If they can't get it (the statue) up, I think they should file a formal complaint of some sort. But if the censorship law gets thrust into this, it could becum a hairy situation.

I'm a totally mature person!

This has got to be the most unironically amusing news title in the history of the universe... "Japanese Town Menaced by Giant Marble Phallus."

They seriously need to put the underpants Arthur wears in Ghosts and Goblins on this statue pronto then it can be art and funny at the same time.

Or turn the statue into a fountain with him piddling into a pond.

Remind me of an episode of The Simpsons

Erected... cock-up... came to a head... I see what you did there, Mr. Carter, good job

EDIT: Just googled the word "deferens" OH GOD WHY

Daystar Clarion:
Deferens.

I see what you did there Grey.

Some people will correct you, like the guy above, but I see what you did.

I see it.

I saw it too. He made a pun. I was not impressed.

Such dick joke mastery. It is magnificent. The whole thing reads like the best The Onion has to offer.

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