Friday, May 21, 2010

HipPop Monster!

Engrish is everywhere in Japan, and by this point I am so used to seeing my native language horribly butchered that it doesn't even really register most of the time. However, now and then you do still come across a real gem. This is one of those times.

I was in the Fuji Grand department store near my house, in the kids' section, where there are a bunch of stickers and notebooks. A child's address book on the bottom shelf caught my eye and when I picked it up, this is what greeted me on the front cover:

Well, you can see it for yourself. A baby's ass with a smiley face drawn on it exclaiming "Nice to meet you!" as it hovers over a big city skyline, a little girl above the baby's butt informing us "It's so cute!" and a baby boy in the corner with the commentary "Oh My God!" and "Shit! My hip is the monster..."

NO CLUE what any of this is about.

Let's turn it over to see the back cover, shall we?

Yo! Yo! Check it up! "My hips were monster when getting up in the morning!!"

On the inside were several pages of very amusing stickers. You can click the pictures to enlarge these.

I do have to admit that the baby wearing the bat ears saying "Ga Ha Ha Ha Ha!!" is awfully cute. But is he a bigger charmer than the baby in the bottom right corner with a butt that proclaims "I'm hungry"?

Also love the stickers in the bottom right corner here with the blank baby's face stating "Unbelievable!", as well as the baby bottom saying "Feel so good!"

I was tempted to buy this but I really didn't have any use for a child's address book, and the rings in the binder were such that I didn't think I could find other blank pages to insert. So for a few minutes I was just the weird gaijin photographing stuff in the notebook section. This embarrasses Joe, but it really doesn't bother me.


AdelaideBen said...

OMG Shit!... My hip is the monster too!... this speaks to me on so many levels (mostly confused and slightly worried levels).

You have to admire them - when they do things, they do it with abandon!

Glad you "check it up" for us.

Samantha said...

This is one of the funniest things I've seen in a while!! Hahahaha!

Anonymous said...

I blame the Obama administration.

cirbeck said...

DUDE! I just got some of this stationary for Valentine's day and i was floored! This is the best Engrish EVAR! Hope you don't mind me using one of your pics for my blog? I am not at home to take a photo of mine, but it's almost the same... お願いします!

Gail said...

Thanks Greg, yeah it's wild isn't it! Feel free to use the photo — I just ask for credit and a link back please! Thanks!