tumblr sunday on saturday– unexplained

Found it this morning and have been thinking about it all day, because, really, wtf?robotpigReaders with Japanese language skills are encouraged (indeed, begged) to come to the aid of the blog and tell me, and everyone else on the whole wide Internet, just what the heck this is. Is it really a robot pig tied to a post, with knives for ears and guns for legs and a bow for a tail?  Or am I just reading things into it?  My only guess is that it is some kind of political cartoon or illustration, either strongly pro- or anti- military.

Of course, as long as we don’t know what it actually is, we can go on making stuff up to entertain ourselves.  What do we want– the truth, or the freedom to invent a truth?  Too deep for me …

(image via tumblr.)

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4 Responses to tumblr sunday on saturday– unexplained

  1. Wolfie says:

    Well, you’re out of luck. After failing to make heads or tails of this, I passed it on to Masako, who couldn’t make heads or tails of it. It’s written in a stilted, archaic Japanese. The best we can figure is that it’s a postcard or perhaps nengajo (New Year’s card) related to either WWII or maybe the Russo-Japanese war… it does mention samurai a few times though the meaning of the whole is obscure. Because it’s a pig we suspect it was a new year’s card for the year of the boar… 1899, 1911, 1923, 1935. The last one might coincide with some action in Manchuria… Sorry we couldn’t do better.

  2. Rick Santman says:

    Oh, c’mon.

    It’s obvious that the written portion is detailed instructions on how to bootleg saki.

    The bottle, shaped rather like a pig to begin with, is slightly decorated as a hog so it can be shelved in plain sight as a decorative item for easy sippin.

    The rest consists of the weapons needed to protect one’s still from the revenuers. Take a look, four flintlock pistols, plus a bow for long range defense, and a couple short cutlasses for infighting.

    I had to admit, the paddle had me stumped for a bit, but on reflection it’s one of the tools for preparing the mash.

    • Rick Santman says:

      Oh, and there’s SOMETHING on the other side of the bottle, barely implied by the two small posts jutting up from the top, could be anything from firewood to a chair for the bootlegger’s comfort to a wine rack for quantity storage.

      …or Wolf and Masako could be spot on, but I like the idea of bootleg booze better than war any old day.

  3. Pam Bliss says:

    Booze is definitely more fun. I am glad that it really is a pig– I was starting to wonder if I was seeing things. And serious thanks for trying, Wolfie and Masako. You know you can always count on me and Rick to just start making things up.

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