One of the things I appreciate about living in Japan is that so many stores have signs posted in English. It seems to be a trendy thing here, kind of the way tattoos of Japanese symbols are popular back home. So a lot of signs are printed in English, or in Japanese spelled out in the roman alphabet (romaji), or some combination of the two.
The result is often good for a chuckle. And sometimes, the result is just downright unfortunate.
Take this sign on a grocery store downtown, for instance.
"Yours" is a chain grocery store in this area. "Asse" is a department store. But I'm not so sure I want to buy anything edible from the Yours in the Asse.
Across the street from our apartment is a cute little hair salon with this sign:
That's right, it's not the salon, it's the "saloon." With a picture of a busty, naked young lass. With the slogan "The simplicity of their dressing is gratifying." Very classy.
Here's a large sign that was hanging in our neighborhood a while back.
I guess this is for a real estate office, but what's this supposed to be saying? "If you want to launch your house into space, call us!"
I always enjoy the advertisements for the private English schools, too. One of the major chain schools is called AEON. But it doesn't give me much confidence when their advertisement says stuff like this:
Perhaps it will make me very "happyful!"
When my cousin came to visit a few months ago, we came across this "Neo Oriental Fooding Bar" while we were walking toward Hiroshima Station.
As he pointed out, "Well, I guess you have a drinking bar, so why not a "fooding" bar?
Next is one of my favorite signs on Miyajima. No English on this one, but I was quite tickled by the illustration. The red symbols above the deer say "abunai," which means "danger." So I'm guessing the sign is warning you not to feed the deer... or chase them around catching their poo. One or the other.
Here's a sign I glimpsed while riding the street car with Joe to the Ujina ferry port in Hiroshima. Seems to be a clothing store selling, uh, "Anti-mainstream Bitch But Striking" brand apparel.
When we went to Iwakuni, there were several of these signs posted along the walking trail up to the castle. Don't ask me why rats are dressed up as firemen.
And last, this is the sign for a chain convenience store with numerous locations.
I actually saw it in there in a jar, beating slowly. Only 300 yen.