Monthly Archives: November 2011

F*ing in Japan and a true English sign

Today’s topic, boys and girls, is about f*ing in Japan. That’s right, f*ing, the best brand of stockings you can get in Japan from Don Quixote.

As for the second picture of the day, I’m proud of whoever wrote it. They clearly have been communicating with their local English speaking foreigners. 🙂




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Present Included

So, in Japan it’s popular for magazines to include little presents for their customers; handbags and handkerchiefs for clothing issues, rice shapers for kid lunches and muffin cups for cooking ones, etc. The problems I see are twofold. First of all, I worked in a bookstore for a few years and I would love to know how many of this little presents are stolen from their magazines. Second…when the magazine is about porn…and the presents are used(!) [supposedly] panties….yeah…do I need to say anything more?

(I owe more pictures {24}, but I think today’s post is done 🙂 )




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Posted by on 06/11/2011 in Uncategorized


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No Drinking and the Gun Bus

The following mug was brought to you by Don Quixote, a pretty cool shop in Isesaki / Ota where you can find almost whatever you want. I didn’t buy this, but I pointed it out to my friends. A beer mug that has a crossed out picture of a sake bottle and cup, with the words STOP on the bottom. Does it mean stop drinking sake (traditional Japanese alcohol) or does it mean stop drinking period?…which is hilarious on a beer mug. 🙂

Ah, the Gun Bus! I’ve ridden this thing for 5 years now and this is the first time I’ve stopped and grabbed a picture! And before you think that there are a lot of guns or hunters on that bus, it’s short for GUNma, the name of the prefecture that I live in. Pronunciation is kind of like, GOONma, if that helps. 😛

{22 to go}

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Posted by on 03/11/2011 in Uncategorized


Apple, Lemonade and Chum

Okay, I know you can use the word Chum as a friend or a buddy…but as a Floridian, all I can think about is the Chum that gets you sharks.

And to complete Chum Hair, we have a very blurry picture of a Tropicana Apple Lemonade. Drinks are great here in Japan, but I wish I could find them after I enjoy them.

{that was really 24 to go yesterday, so now it’s 23. I promise, I can count}

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Posted by on 02/11/2011 in Foods, Functional Things


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Pumpkins (and Vampires) Marching Forwards

Probably should have given some warning, but this was my busy month. Between speech contest judging, speech contest practice, practice for university English interviews, tests, normal classes and some other stuff (like getting sick), I had very little time to update…even with all that though, I’m surprised / saddened that my last post was October 5th.

Okay…I owe 26 pictures…let’s get started!! I promise though, not all today! 😉

My wonderful husband on the left and me on the right…even though Halloween is not a big holiday in Japan, there are places that do some trick or treating (malls) and decorating (malls and shops) for kids (Darth Vader as a witch anyone?). This giant guy was at SMARK (Smile Park) in Isesaki. I might not be a child, but it was fun for the pumpkin to eat me instead of me eating pumpkin! (And after this, I had Pumpkin Lantern ice cream from Baskin Robbins). So it was a win-win situation.

Every year I get an American pumpkin for my English club to help me carve. It usually was bought from the Foreign Buyers Club (they’ll ship to me from Tokyo) but this year I was able to get a cheaper (i.e. smaller) pumpkin from the newly opened Costco in Maebashi. What I do is let my kids choose the face, and then I carve it (I love them, but don’t trust them around knives…just like my parents, I’m sure). This year (as you can see) is a starry eyed pumpkin. Last year the Jack O’Lantern had one star eye, one heart eye, a circle nose and the normal zig-zag smile. They’ve never chosen a scary face….

See why I call it Vampire Coffee? It looks like the vampire’s tooth is gleaming!

I wanted to get all of my Halloween pictures out of the way, so after today, it’ll be back to weird sayings, bad Engrish and other cool stuff. Hope everyone had a great Halloween (I did).

{23 to go}

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Posted by on 01/11/2011 in Foods, Fun Things!, Holidays


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