Category Archives: Japan

Yogurt for MEN

When I saw this stuff for sale, I had to try it out.  Yogurt marketing as I’ve known it up until this point tends to be all about athletic looking women in leotards, not fists. The Japanese reads “Businessman’s breakfast … Continue reading

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The Man Spa

About two miles from our previous apartment, there was a day spa whose advertising seemed predominantly aimed at women.  You could go in for a day of relaxing, having people do your hair and nails, get a massage, generally decompress … Continue reading

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Let’s get these out of the way

Here’s a pile of random Japanese-English signs and so on that I’m just going to throw into a single post, make a couple snide comments about, and move on to more important things instead of pretending that each one is … Continue reading

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We prepared the seat.

Another cheap shot at Japanese-use-of-English here.  This was on the window of an Italian restaurant in Kawasaki-shi. It’s actually a fairly literal translation of the text, and it makes perfect sense in the original, so I feel bad about making … Continue reading

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Deep archives

This was kind of amusing to me, and I tend to assume that things that amuse me must necessarily amuse others, so I thought I’d share. I was reading a discussion about Japan recently and someone used the word “fukeiki” … Continue reading

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Illusions, crushed

One interesting thing that came out of spending two months with a bunch of college-age people experiencing Japan for the first time was getting to watch illusions crushed first-hand. An awful lot of them were anime or manga fans, and … Continue reading

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Glass houses

So I’m talking to a French guy in my Japanese class, and he’s complaining that his cell phone doesn’t work here. I explain that Japan (and South Korea) use different cell tech than most of the rest of the world, … Continue reading

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Cheap shots at Japanese use of English

OK, everyone loves to make fun of the generally use of random English on stuff in Japan.  I’m going to hold myself above that – mostly – and restrict myself to making fun of situations where they really really tried, … Continue reading

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Font choices, poor:

Seriously, Japan, you don’t need to make things this easy for me.

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Oh, god, not Tokyo Tower again

So this is my fifth trip to Japan. The first time, I went to Tokyo Tower as a tourist. And the second time I went there because I’d broken something my wife had bought there on our first trip and … Continue reading

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