“Peeing Kid” Bizen Style Novelty – HELP!

June 30, 2007


I got this little gem years ago at a yard-sale. The man who sold it to me bought it in Japan when he and his wife were on their honeymoon (early 1960’s??). According to gentleman you soak it in water for a few days then set it on a plate. Soon it starts to pee. Wha?!

I got him home, and soaked him. The pottery is very very thin. It’s unglazed but high-fired and barely still porous. There is a tiny hole right where it should be.

Eventially “drippy” soaked up enough water to be about 1/2 full.

I put him on a plate. He blew a couple of bubbles and then just puddled a bit.

I gave him the best amateur prostate screening I could manage and it seems that the seam along his crotch is cracked. So he was dripping from there.

Lousy photo – sorry.

Has anyone out there ever see one of these? I’m interested in a couple of things. 

Can you still get things like this? If so, put me down for half-a dozen.

What were/are they called?

How does it work?- something to do with evaporation, most likely. This little bugger must be a distant cousin of the dunking bird and that goofy terra-cotta wine cooling sleeve.

Would surgery (glue) work?

 COMING SOON…Japanese “Fertility” Sake Set.


4 Responses to ““Peeing Kid” Bizen Style Novelty – HELP!”

  1. chexie Says:

    hello! i stumbled upon your blog while looking for ukulele repair tips and found your entry here. the character your sculpture is “crayon shin-chan” from a contemporary cartoon and comic by the same name, from japan. in fact, i think cartoon network recently aired a few episodes with their late late night line up (but don’t watch these, the translation and acting sucks.. look for subtitled episodes if you get curious, they are much funnier).

    anyway, apparently this particular toy you found is still sold. Here is another persons blog entry posted last year (2006) describing the toy you have!


    enjoy 🙂

  2. shinoteabowl Says:

    Crayon Shin Chan goes back to the 1960’s? I might have been the recipient of some old fashioned yard-sale baloney. Great to hear that Crayon is still out there.

    Thanks for helping on this! I owe you one. Whats wrong with your Uke?? Maybe I can help. I have been lazy about posting recently. Lots of stuff needs to be written.

    I’m off to scour the net for a working Crayon Shin Chan.


  3. chexie Says:

    I have an old kamaka ukulele from my grandma where the bridge has ripped off, i think at least twice. I’m debating wether or not i should try to fix it myself, get someone else to fix it, or try and hit up the manufacturers themselves for a repair. apparently this brand of ukes is expensive, so I don’t want it to get messed up, but I’m also worried that the cost of repair is going to be more than the cost of a whole new uke. anyway i was just looking stuff up for now, not in a real rush. it’s been broken for decades.

    wikipedia seems to imply that shinchan does not go back to the 60’s. i guess you were just fed a line at that yard sale?

    if you ever do go looking for episodes of it online, be sure to look for subtitled versions and not the dub. the ones with the little KIKU logo on the bottom are the best, IMHO, because they do not censor the dialogue and do a good job translating. unfortunately this version of english translation is not legitimately distributed anywhere anymore, so it’s a little hard to find. :p 🙂

  4. shinoteabowl Says:

    Hi, again sorry about the delay…re fixing your grandmothers Kamaka…Depends on the tools you have. You really need to have a clamp (actually…clamps) that can support the underside of the soundboard when you re-glue the bridge. You need to clamp the bridge to the top without deflecting the top or crushing the sides of the uke – you absolutely need to support the soundboard…else disaster looms.

    The other problem is…your grandmothers Kamaka?!?!…Personally, I’d be afraid to practice on this sort of instrument. Get a thrift-store/eBay junker (a uke without any sentimental attachment) to practice on before working on a uke of that caliber.

    Treat yourself. Have a professional overhaul the uke – there may be other issues hiding in the uke depending on how old it is.

    I wish my grandmother had played a uke. I’m jealous.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: