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Seen on signs and posters:
Was that the best name they could come up with?
Why should the clerk get the blame?
This was in a shopping arcade in Nagoya. Just a few feet away, in the same arcade, there were also some fishtanks with signs above them saying "NO FLASHING". The illustration indicated that what they actually meant was "No flash photography".
A brochure rack seen in several stations in Shiga.
On a door in PC World, Kyoto.
We have touched at point in under the boxes heads, for keeping qualities.
It's very excuse.
This was a notice above the door of a Yutaka drugstore. Care to hazard a guess at what they're trying to tell us? I have no idea!
Local Fork Crafts Museum
On a map of Furukawa in northern Gifu-ken. The area has several traditional handicraft specialities, but fork-making is not one of them!
This shop challenging to price broken in this campaign sale.
Poster advertising a hospital
In case anyone wants to inform on the tourists!
NO SMORKING IN BUILDING
(Just in case you were prone to the odd "smork"!)
The name of a dive shop on Okinawa.
all style print
Take many print seals, All in one.
Full-style, Half-style, Bust-up, Panoramic.
You can peel off the seals without using any tools.
No need scissors!
So many many frames
more amazing than ever you know!
On a Print Club-type
(photo sticker) machine
HAVE A HAPPY SPORTS LIFE
On a shop front in Naha, Okinawa.
HAIR X HAIR X HAIR
I think it was a hairdresser's rather than a toy shop.
Train + Ing
This one's quite well-known - it's the advertising slogan used by the East Japan Railway Company. Nobody seems to have any idea what it's supposed to mean!
SENT JAMES CLUB BAR
At no. 180-3 Ponto-cho, Kyoto.
Jeans life is her life. Whenever she puts on her blue jeans. She feels freedom. Jeans life makes his life. Whenever he wears his jean's jacket on, he feels pioneer spirit. Jeans life, that is your life. Try jeans on! You feel "LOVE"
On a shop front, OTTI MO OTTI MO in Osaka.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR MUCH BUYING
In Sofmap, Osaka.
SENSUAL FANTASY SPACE
On a love hotel (if you don't know what a love hotel is, do an Internet search and that will tell you all you need to know!)
In McDonald's, Hikone. The same sign can also be seen in a branch on Shi-jo, Kyoto. You'd think that at least McDonald's could get its English right! (Incidentally, McDonald's in Japan sells "bacon potato pie" as a dessert!)
This was in Hiroshima youth hostel.
To save you downloading the full-size picture, it's a sign outside the bathrooms, saying
"If you take outside the indicated time limit, contact your parents (warden) in advance."
Outside Hikone station. This one has now been corrected!
it's hair make
On a hairdresser's shop.
CIAO PANIC is where you can walk and spin around with bearfoot, and scream at the top of my lungs and no one cares.
A poster advertising a shop. So who's Bearfoot?
Seen on food and drink packaging:
Moistens your body rapidly and softens your soul gently. Postonic is life us all.
On an isotonic drink.
Come; come Get in a party mood! Because it's a Familiar party
As opposed to an unfamiliar one? This was on the wrapper of a rice cracker.
Please enjoy natural flavor Japanese-style peanuts candy with nutritive peanut roasted fragrantly in traditional skills of artisan spirit.
On a bag of sweets.
This confectionery is made carefully one by one from the choicest materials grown in Nature for you to keep your travel to heart. We are really confident in this work which gives the mind of those who present it ,feeling so happy.
We made delicious sweet.
BLUEBERRY SAKU SAKU PIE.
It is with a friend.
It is with family.
It is with a sweet heart.
Spend pleasant time.
It is with this sweet.
The galette was finished by the chef born in France, brought up in Japan and quite severe with taste.
The three examples above were all on omiyage in Kumamoto, Kyushu
There are many-delicious crops in mountains. growing up in grand nature. Having nice-smelling grilled corns. you'll have a harvest of blueberries.
On Aso-Soyo blueberry wine - more Kyushu omiyage. Someone should tell them that "corn" is a non-countable noun - I really don't think that grilled "corns", as in growths on the foot, would be very nice-smelling!
This chocolate is included natural flavour. Its fantastic and fine taste will be certainly satisfied you.
On chocolate bars which came in the following flavours: apple, melon, lemon, noichigo (a kind of strawberry), yamabudo (a kind of grape), white, and wasabi (hot horseradish-type stuff, normally eaten with sushi and sashimi)!
This choucake has got delighful and taste sweet things, it's contain grown by tropical san sine fruits
Soft,light flavor that suits everybody,s taste.The perfect or your tea time.
On packets of cakes.
Our chocorate co. brings you NO'ATU MILK CHOCOLATE, which uses plenty of thick,fresh milk,has a mellow creamy taste and pleasantly melts in your
NO'ATU GYUNYU CHOCOLATE
CHEESE BOUCHEE SOFT CAKE TASTEFUL
This candy is NATURAL FOODS that use GOOD QUALITY and VERY TASTY.
A sweet daifuku tasting chocolate andcocoa
The tyokokoa big fortune is delicious confectionery only in the winter. It is the big fortune rice cake for which it is easy to eat very much with to do the cocoa uniting.
The four entries shown above were all on omiyage (packaged gifts, usually edible, which Japanese travellers are always expected to take back for their poor hardworking colleagues) found at motorway service stations on a single day trip.
The name of a chocolate snack.
This crust with oil coating is better resolution to put more cheese and sauce on it because of less moisture.
On a packet of pizza bases.
It's a real elegant cake nice for tea-break and relax time of favorite.
CHOCO CHIP SNACK
Mild and Light to your mouth, with a plenty of ChocoChips mixed.
Choc chip bread rolls.
cool drink, freezing candy, deliciousfull, pleasant, refreshing, soft drink, good flavor, for you!
On a packet of "simple mini" ice pop / drink-type things.
Savory baking-pie by using the fruits and vegetables.
Now we will send you the real taste of the baked sweets appreciated for a long time. Today the superior quality of "Baum Kuchen" is maintained by the skill of chef. It has classic, simple and natural cakes that it is loved by everyone.
The wrapper on a cake.
We are sure you will enjoy this rich and authentic ice bar.
This wonderful ice bar will give you a joyful time.
On a pack of Kanebo "Choco Bar" ice lollies.
Use the selected materials and complete milky flaver chocolate
On a chocolate bar.
"WiLL Smooth Beer" is brewed from quality ingredients. This beer gives you a lot of refreshness. Open up! Enjoy your time.
It's best suitable as a simple and convenient refreshment food for an athletic meeting.
On a bag of corn snacks.
This is a beniimo pie made from plenty of choice beniimo.
The crispy pie is much suitable for a tea time in the early afternoon. We are looking for ward to so happy tea time when we can enjoy this beniimo pie.
This was in Okinawa. Beniimo is a strange-looking purple vegetable; I believe it's a kind of sweet potato.
TARTE de ROMAN
Romantic cakes which decorated with various delicious toppings on European traditional tart. Please enjoy your delighfultea time with "TARTE de ROMAN"
During your luxurious
of elegant with biscuits
with chocolate tasting crispy.
On the inside of a box of chocolate biscuits.
MIX A LA CARTE
This candy is a tasty of rich grown obtained through fruits.
KOBE CHEESE PIE ROLL CAKE
PIE HAVING FULL OF CHEESE WHICH HAS GROWN IN THE NATURE, IN IT.
This is a new type dainty with CHEESE & TARA
It's good for a friendly gathering.
Cheese strips with a strip of dried tara (cod, I think) down each side. Quite tasty actually!
HIGH QUALITY MATERIAL
PLEASE ENJOY YOUR RICH TIME.
On a bag of dried seaweed. (I'm not so keen on this!)
Honey fair strikes your heart. It's the time of tea for two. A still, calm air will last forever.
On what I presume to be a biscuit tin.
FRUITS COCKTAIL CANDY
Flavor of red and white wine in Bourgogne meet fruits. Why don't you take a fruits drop of elegance.
On a bag of boiled sweets.
Seen in other places:
On a restaurant napkin wrapper.
I think that square is top of cool shape in the world.
On a nylon (pencil?) case.
VALUE STAINLESS VACUUM BOTTLES CAN USEING FOR LUNCH, REISURE AND DAILY LIFE BY ALL FAMILY HEATING AND FREEZING IN POSSIBLE
On a vacuum flask box.
sweet my sound road extending potpourri
herb breezily natural comfort by joynal club
On a lavender pot pourri (Hokkaido).
Peaple will see me and die.
Karaoke lyrics shown on screen for Irene Cara's "Fame". In the original version it's "People will see me and cry".
Welcome to Mother Nature! In here,everyone are heroes. Let's play your YOUR drama.
On a camping mat. Any guesses as to what a YOUR drama is?
I wish that my hair mind and the way of living may be beautiful.
On hair cream packaging.
On a restaurant menu.
Humanity are fighting against tired.
CHARLEY SUPPORT YOU.
On a packet of bath salts. These were even on sale in a Tokyo branch of Boots the Chemist (a British chain)!
It is a one of daily necessaries for your life.
On a plastic basket / desk tidy.
This tray is designed for arrangement of anything goods.
Another desk tidy.
Brother is play cheerful every day
Mom is cooking fried eggs
I'm playing my favorite dool
Dad is very gentle with us
On a floor cushion.
This Frame is very useful.
Choose anything you like color.
Your room is in a colorful and, it picture reminds me of my the past.
On a photo frame.
We are cheerful, and there is it to be necessary the pleasant life to come. It is to eat the fruit which is fresh every day because of the health.
On a plastic food storage box.
This mark shows the evidence of brand for all people , who loves beer so much !!
How to pour the beer
1.Touch the pouren to inside wall of the glass . Angle : 45° is best.
2.Turn the tap lever to your side and pour the beer into glass at that time, glass might be tilt gradually. The ideal volume is 20~30% of glass.
Any time, Any where
All friends come together and drink beer with fun.
It's excellent to drink beer with all the people !
This was on a beer pourer. I'm not sure what it was supposed to be used with - maybe the large beer cans you can get from vending machines?
Our unlqe conceput and spirit of play.
On a bicycle frame.
Blessing of the great nature is falling on us. It's a sweet snow world.
On an ornament (a miniature watering can filled with flowers).
hot & cold
This keeper is give support to such and all persons at try one's best to do indoor and outdoor sports. Let's have a sports time.
On a large flask.
A pressed flower ROSE
Enjoy Tea Time : Air pot
On a kettle.
HAIR STYRING GEL
This brand is made in order to spend more enjoyable and more confortable life from all people in the world.
On the packaging of a plastic shelf.
Come on my house
A TV ad for a house-building company.
The Oyasumi-fuguchan is very pretty goods.
And it is like a the sun or the moon ligh.
On the packaging of a light pull-cord with a luminous pendant shaped like a fugu. Fugu (puffer-fish) is a highly poisonous fish which only specially-licensed chefs are allowed to serve.
May you get a happy
On a gift bag.
Let's feeling relax.
And refresh your mind and body.
We are thinking much about human body. Enjoy promoting your health with our healthy goods.
On one of those inflatable plastic travel neck cushions. (The last part was on the packaging.)
fashionable design box 2001
please use with your idea life style.
On a plastic crate.
The earth, wind, green...
The moment that I return to pure mind with feel real nature
On a CD (one of a series).
Realise Your Potentiality
On the cover of a brochure for an alternative high school (for students who would otherwise drop out of school), called Re-birth Academy.
Your happiness cooking life!
Will be your nice partner for your cooking
On a frying pan.
On an innocent-looking plastic tub.
It was a beautiful holiday. There was a natural park right across the green field. I was going to take you to this special place. The trees were swinging in the wind. Where nothing standed in our way. We found a lovely bird. The bird was singing merrily among the green leaves. We stayed there all day. And we both got us some real good suntans. I thought that was ok. Sometimes life can be so grand.
On a plastic storage trunk. Why?
Make your life to be agreeably and joyful.
On a plastic basket at school.
HOXY will always offer you a rich and comfortable life with paper.
On a box of tissues.
Ah spring, clocks leap forward and you turn back time with pure pears.
When you want to pour on the Romance, nothing beats a heart-melting pears for you.
A picture frame insert. What do pears have to do with anything?
Your life have been through the green world and the world has been through them.
So take care of them, Protect them.
And defend them, or find someone who will.
Green leaves filled with joy. All day. Every day. It's a natural sketch.
Another picture frame insert, from the same series as the previous one.
Let's enjoy this paradise beach.
Here is wonderful space.
The sky is a twilight blue...
Listen for the whisper of the season
Reply with a green breeze
Keep on smiling
Beside my lover
I want to be closed by nature
Show me your dreams and wishes.
So, because... you are my sweet heart.
On a souvenir framed picture in a particularly tacky omiyage shop in Okinawa
What kind of your photograph do you decorate into the Photo Frame?
Please enjoy putting your memorial photograph in the frame as a part of the interior:
On the insert in a photo frame.
It's a crystal mind and enjoy our life everyday
On a plastic mug.
THE BEST KITCHEN WEAR
This would have made sense on an apron, but where would you wear a pan?
We serve clean and agreeable life
On the wrapping of some toilet paper.
FLESH KEEPING BOX
A plastic box - presumably for those who want to keep their flesh fresh.
It's great to be Cosmopolitan!
So lets study at Hasuda High School,
I think learning is exciting and fun!
So let's learn more and be Cosmopolitan.
Girls and Boys, join us this time and be ambitious
Study at Hasuda High School!
It's for you!
In Hasuda High School's brochure (thanks Matt)
We present's you a special and beautiful
Stuff for honey man and women.
Can't remember where I saw this one - possibly on a pencil case?
Hi! Enjoying the day? I'm little kitten brought up together Stayed together playing or sleeping I had milk together from my mam
On a cushion
TO get OUT
INDIE EVERY GIRL THERE'S A STRIPPER LONG GET OUT
ONE NIGHT TO HEVENLY
FANTASTIC FAKE STARS
The insert in a photo frame - and I've since seen it on a postcard too. The picture is of a girl with a cigarette in her mouth and wearing nothing but an apron, bending backwards towards the camera.
A GLASSFUL OF DROPS
EACH DROP IS TOMORROW'S DREAM
SIP YOUR DREAMS BY DROPS
On a beer glass
IF YOU TRALY ENJOY THING. YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO ABSORB YOURSELF IN IT.
On a mouse mat
you can use this any ways
On a small mesh bag from a 100 yen shop.
Exday create a sensation in lifestyle of men's lunch.
On a lunchbox. Do they really?
I wish everyone happy and smile
On an alarm clock.
HAIR WATER MILK
I think this was some kind of hair styling product.
February - We hope to continues love of us
May - I go to the shopping
October - Let's open tea party
December - Let's congratulate Christmas with us
On a series of mugs. (In Japanese, "congratulate" and "celebrate" both use the same kanji character.)
The name of what I think was a face-wash. There was some flowery, poetic Japlish underneath, which I wasn't able to make a note of, but I thought that even just the name was worth including. Would you buy a product called ACNE?.
Satisfaction coming after hard period, join with us to enjoy life, just play game.
On a make-up bag.
What a cute stuffed!
On a gift bag.
It makes you indeed satisfaction to move your body in nature.
Let's play in nature until tired out in a sweat. All nature is always good friend or human being. Enjoy outdoor life.
On a small folding chair. Conjures up some interesting images, doesn't it?
I wish to sing a duet with transparent time.
On a chopstick set.
There is the time when our heart is warmed up.
Is it the time when we fall in love with someone,
when we see a puppy wet by rain, when we read a sorrowful story or when
we won other's love?
Violent love is good! Quiet love is also good! Both devil and angel are good!
Another chopstick set. Interesting sentiment, but not sure I agree!
FANCY AND CONVENIENT KITCHEN ACCESSORIES
On a drawer tidy.
Not so much an example of Japlish as a question of what it's doing there!
The white bottles in the middle are HORSE shampoo and conditioner - "safe for horse and rider" - but all the rest is normal human stuff. This was in Kichijoji, Tokyo, and bearing in mind that this is probably the most crowded city on the planet, I can't see there being much of a market for horse shampoo!
Note: since I put this photo on the site, a couple of American friends have told me that, although it was originally sold as horse shampoo, people in the US - and presumably Japan (where many people are hair-obsessed) - do now buy it for their own use too. Oh well, each to their own...