Santa's gift and the Japanese poop obsession

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The following is a quote from an article that appeared last Wednesday in Christian Today:

Christian Today: Church of England Disappointed by Christ-free Christmas Stamps

The Church of England has expressed its disappointment with the Royal Mail over this year's Christmas stamps, which are noticeably void of Christian references and opt instead for festive fun features. Baby Jesus, the Virgin Mary and the three wise men have been ditched for the Royal Mail's 2006 Christmas stamp collection in favour of festive images of Santa Claus, snowmen, reindeer and a Christmas tree surrounded by presents...

The Royal Mail's 40th collection of festive stamps, which went on sale Tuesday, was designed by Japanese digital illustrator Tatsuro Kiuchi.

And on one web forum I frequent, a poster named Mulboyne made this point: "Less religious detractors wonder why Santa appears to be taking a dump down the chimney in one of the stamps."

Given that the Japanese are not fervently religious, it makes sense that a Japanese designer would focus on Santa. I, for one, and glad to see a potential poop theme in the Xmas stamp collection. By directing the collective public's attention toward more jovial themes like Santa and pooping, I think the UK could take the lead in easing religious tension throughout the country, and perhaps throughout the world. Maybe the newly elected Democratic Congress and Senate could take a page from Tasturo Kiuchi and get brown with their legislation.

And on a related note, Dave will get from me a sheet of cutesy pastel poop stickers from Japan for Christmas.

Dave says: I queried Mr. Hubbard as to the nature of these stickers. He replied:

There tend to be a whole range of Unchi-kun (Little Mr. Poop) and related products in Japan. I have found that the official Unchi-kun series is produced by an Osaka food-maker called Tomoe Bussan. I cannot, however, locate a website for them. I will try to scan the poop stickers for you, but in the meantime, enjoy the following Japanese scatogastronomy.

Follow-up: Mr. Hubbard was indeed able to scan those stickers.

22 Comments on "Santa's gift and the Japanese poop obsession"

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The Royals don't like the "Santa stamps because he appears to be taking a dump

We can call these stamps "The Royal Flush Series".

It is very interesting how some cultures are fascinated by poop, while other cultures are repulsed by it.
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Man, those coils look real, though a little thin. But that's likely because of the rice-based Japanese diet.

England seems to be more focused on "titties and pram" humor, while the Japanese like the scatological focus but are a little squeamish about openly depicting sex.


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I don't understand the juxtaposition of Japanese poop TOYS and the fact that they have machines in the stalls to make flushing noises. It's contradictory.

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If Santa is taking a dump, he is doing so in his pants, which are not pulled down. I think he's contemplating why in hell he took on the job of delivering a billion toys and sliding down chimneys all over the world within a 12-hour period during one night.

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You didn't consider that his suit might have a flapped back. Like a pair of "Dr. Dentons." (for those who aren't familiar with 'em, Dr. Ds are one-piece pajamas with feet and a flap in back so you don't have to strip to take a dump.)

That would make his job a little easier, considering that with his schedule he doesn't have time for pit stops. Just lean his ass over the edge of the sleigh in flight, and let 'er fly. Speaking of fly, his pants likely have a hidden fly-front too. We'd expect that Mrs. Claus thought of everything when she made his outfit.


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Which brings up the question: does poop burn well? Maybe so. Since they burned barrels of it in Vietnam. Ho, ho, ho, Chi Minh!

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Those coils remind me of the time we put fake poop on the bathroom floor for my mom to find. You could here her scream around the block. Hilarious! When we picked it up and told her it was fake she lovely smaked both my brother and I on the back of the head. hehehe
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Fake poop, plastic vomit, whoopee cushions, 'Mad' magazine. Ah, to be twelve again!

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Uh... I was gonna say "...to be 35 again..."


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Is there somewhere to order that stuff. I want to try the poop candy.

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The Japanese never cease to amaze me. Seriously, some portions of their culture are off-limits to understanding by the American Brain.

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I asked my Japanese fiance about this sort of thing, and he is baffled by it. He never shows any sign of obsession with poop or pee, or even farting. It must be a specific segment of the population, the body-functions equivalent of the Hello Kitty segment.


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Go to: http://www.strapya-world.com/products/16197.html
where you'll find a range of wonderful "unchi" products.
Hilarious web site. One part reads:
In Japan there are many stories about
unchi / crap and money.
"If you had a dream of unchi / crap last night, you should go straight to a lottery box and try your luck." I shit you not.
I really don't think "lottery box" is their term for "toilet", but if I dream of crap I just don't think I'm going to hit the lottery. I assume the dream is from one of those "dutch oven" farts and leave it at that. Have I been wrong all these years?


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When I've had dreams about crap, they're usually involving being trapped in a corporate restroom as shit overflows out of a stall toilet and I'm up to my knees. The psychologist in me says it means I felt trapped by the "crap" of my corporate job. But I haven't had that type of dream since I got fired from the corporate job I loathed, this past May! Relief.

Then again, I may have screwed my odds of winning a lottery.

Dutch oven fart... I like that. Very descriptive of those under-the-cover expulsions.


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Let's agree on this much: chances of any one of us winning the lottery are for shit. And extremely crappy. That's about the only connection I can think of between taking a dump and any lottery.

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Not taking a dump, TBW, but dreaming about crap is supposed to mean that we could win megabucks.

In the immortal words of the Bard (not): To sleep, perchance to dream of Poop, and to win outrageous fortune! Not.


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PooperGal (504) -- 11.20.2006
Not taking a dump, TBW, but dreaming about crap is supposed to mean that we could win megabucks.

According to whom?

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According to the Japanese poop-pee site that Bowl Clogger Blogger mentions above. Scroll up to view.


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Ahh-So. I couran't open that. Aporogies.

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No worries. BCB explains it in his post, even if you can't get to the site:

"Hilarious web site. One part reads:
In Japan there are many stories about
unchi / crap and money.
'If you had a dream of unchi / crap last night, you should go straight to a lottery box and try your luck.' I shit you not."

It's the only time I've ever heard any connection between poop and moola, so it was cool that BCB found the site and brought it to our attention.


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In Japanese luck is "un". Poop is "unchi". I imagine this is some sort of phonetic superstition, much like the reason many hotels avoid rooms wtih the number 4 ("shi") because it has the same pronunciation as the character for death ("shi").

Maybe I should play the lotto more often ...


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LWH..........The Japanese Kanji symbol for "lucky" is similar to the shortened word for poo but is actually pronounced "fuku". You are dead on about the number four superstition. The Japanese have many jokes and puns that are based on homophones and can not be translated.

The same is true in any language, the English homophones bear and bare would translate into Japanese as kumo and hadaka, this could very easily kill any humor attained by the use of these words.

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