Archive for February, 2006

Funny English #9

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

Disclaimer:This series is about funny English found in Japan. Japan is notorious for its terrible misuse of English, and sometimes you can really get a good laugh. I’d like to point out something very important, though, WITH THIS SERIES I DO NOT INTEND TO MAKE FUN OF JAPANESE PEOPLE. As an English teacher, it would be unethical for me to do so, and as a language learner, I wouldn’t like anybody to make fun of me, either. What I’m making fun of are THE STUPID COMPANIES WHO ARE EITHER TOO CHEAP OR TOO LAZY TO HAVE THEIR ENGLISH CHECKED OUT BEFORE THEY USE IT. I mean, how much time and money does it take to have someone proof read a couple of sentences, or sometimes even single words?

Name of a beauty parlor in Sendai

Moisture for damaged hair brings attractive beauty!?

You got that right!

More pleasantly, and more gentlly. We wish happy living for everybody…

Kitchenware that “Taste & smell sweet for enjoy time”…

Stop the copy goods!


Miki Andou’s armpit…

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

This is Miki Andou, a Japanese figure skater taking part in the Torino Olympic Winter Games .

She should really shave her armpits properly before taking part in any competition…

Ainori #304

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Ainori is a popular reality show in Japan, aired on Fuji TV on Monday nights at 23:00.

In August 2005, I discovered that Ainori was not only popular in Japan, but also all over the world thanks to Bit Torrent technology. I decided to write a summary of each episode, and do a translation of the weekly photo captions from the official site. What do I get out of this? I get to improve my Japanese, I get more traffic to my blog, but above all, I get the satisfaction of knowing many non-Japanese speakers all over the world can appreciate a truly unique reality show. Enjoy, and don’t hesitate to post any comments or questions you may have.

Ainori’s official homepage (Japanese only).

Current participants.

Ainori’s BT downloads available @ D-Addicts and Saiyaman

Ainori #304




Aaaaarrrggh! Mie went one step too far! The group found a place where Hungarian couples put up locks, and each of the lovers keep one key, to symbolize a mutual promise of eternal love. So Mie went to buy a lock and two keys, and asked Suuzan to put up the lock with her. Suuzan was a bit surprised, but went ahead and did it anyway. Mie then gave Suuzan his key, and they went back to the hotel, apparently without any problem. So far, so good, you say? The next day, Suuzan’s attitude had changed completely, and he insisted on being left alone. Apparently, he was having second thoughts, suddenly taken aback by the strength of Mie’s feelings. He ended up by himself in a restaurant, with Mie looking for him all over the place. When he saw her looking for him out the window, he did his best to hide, but it was no use. She went in the restaurant, too, and sat with him. The both of them ended up sobbing over a pizza, unable to say anything significant to each other…

Next week, it seems Mie will declare her true feelings to him, giving him the fateful plane ticket. I can’t wait to see the outcome, and really hope they will go back to Japan together.

:-) Ainori 304 – Special treat for non-Japanese speakers :-)


She’s back!

Monday, February 20th, 2006

Man, my better half, came home yesterday from a three month vacation in her home country, Vietnam. She traveled through the whole country, from south to north, and apparently had a great time. I sure wish I could take a three month holiday…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Tuesday, February 14th, 2006

Happy Valentine to my honey, my family, my friends, people who read my blog, and everybody else!