NO SHIT, Japan

I can understand “no shit” but “no golf” and “no dust” are kind of funny as is “no drunk (Pac-Man) “.
no shit japan

No nukes. No bunnies.

This Japanese woman is anti-bunny, anti-nuclear power, and most likely anti-nuclear bunnies

no nukes or bunnies

Every Friday for the past year, there has been anti-nuclear power rally in Kasumigaseki, Japan’s central governmental district in downtown Tokyo. For the past few months, those rallies have been drawing tens of thousands protesters but last Friday the turnout at the demonstration was only around 1,000 (AFP: 2012-08-18).

Random. Japanese. Signs.

A photo of a sign I encountered today in a building in Kamakura Japan*
“Don’t shit down [on the stairs]
dont-shit-down-stairs Via cbryanjones’ instagram:

Japanese street signs are so random. In engrish or not, I’ve posted hundreds here on the 3Yen over the years, so it’s time to start a special category of weirdness for them.
Here’s a typical example of street signage in hyper-fashionable Takeshita Street in Harajuku, Tokyo.
fart takeshita harajuku

Not exactly ‘mannerly’ for Japan

I’ve written a lot about Japanese train manners, but even I was surprised by this not exactly ‘mannerly’ for Japan manners poster that has been posted on train platforms in east Tokyo JR stations since last year.
no spitting train

The poster reads in rough translation, Spitting to be punished severely, please stop this act of a maliciousness–ABSOLUTELY– and if you see it, tell the station staff and police officers J-CAST News (Google Translate).

Pipo-kun’s family

On the rolling shutters of a closed store, somebody thought it would be a fabulous idea to promote the entire family of Tokyo’s Police’s image character, “Pipo-kun“…

japan police agency pipo-kun and family
Embiggen to 640 × 263 px.

If you remember in the previous 3Yen post, “Lost highway (3Yen / 9-1-2010),” Pipo-kun (right) is a very strange character.
lost-highway 350x
Lost highway

Tokyo manners take a hit

tokyo metro manners poster 2012 aug subway train japan
metro manners in japanese

On the left, this month’s Metro manners poster* is a bit more nagging nanny-ish than most of ones I have featured on the 3Yen.

For the most part, Japanese on the Tokyo subway are eerily quiet, almost zombie-like on the trains. In the photo below shot on the platform a Takenobaba, it looks like the ‘rude’, yacking girls in the Metro Manners poster are about to take a hit.

tokyo metro manners poster take a hit
Embiggen on flickr to the original, full-sized photo, 2592 x 1944 px.

‘The head’ by sekihan | creative commons some rights reserved

Rear-loading and hauling in Harajuku Tokyo

This truck loads from the rear.

truck harajuku ayumi hamasaki party queen tokyo fashion
Ok, let’s have a close-up look at that Party Queen hauling ass through the Harajuku fashion district of Tokyo.
Ayumi Hamasaki party queen close-up
Embiggen the large original (1920 x 1080 px) truck photo via tokyo-fashion’s flickr.
Caption: Ayumi Hamasaki “Party Queen”—truck driving in front of LaForet Harajuku with a giant photo of J-Pop “Party Queen” Ayumi Hamasaki in her underwear on all fours.


New Year … new ‘fuckin’ engrish

The new year has the new winner for “fuckin” engrish for the start of the January sales here in Tokyo Japan.

The “Fuckin’ Sale” signs have been taken down and the poor store has been forced to offer apologies! More…

(reposted from 1/5/2012)

Drunk cats threaten the Tokyo Metro trains!

BIO-TERROR ALERT: The Tokyo Metro has put up posters warning about drunk felines dripping with bio-waste cat gack and passed out on the train platforms and subway seats.

Yes, it’s that time of year again in Japan for the end-of-year drinking parties—the infamous Bonekai. In previous years, Tokyo Metro posters warned of the official start of the Projectile Vomiting Season more graphically such as…

train-poster vomit
—Tokyo Metro—

The holiday vomiting poster is one of the monthly series of “Manner” [sic] propaganda on the Tokyo Metro system as the railways brace for onslaught of holiday-season drunks (Japan Times).

Japanese language note:
Bonenkai bonenkai-japanese-kanji, literally
means “forget the year gathering.”

‘Smorking’ fun

no smorking sign japan
My buddy Bucky* found this Japanese sign (L) with, “apologies if it has already been posted.” These “Smorking” signs are a Japanese classic that I swear the Japanese are put them up in conspicuous public places to entertain English speaking tourists.
For example, check out the results of using the search term “smorking” on below ↓.

You can find a linguistic explanation ‘Smorking’ fun by Peter Payne of J-List in our Comments section.

engRish no smoRking sign

Previous 3Yen reports touching on the topic of engrish “smorking” include:
. . . Smorky cheese (3Yen / 2007-09-01)
. . . That biatch is sick (3Yen / 2005-02-15)
. . . Smorking cleaner (3Yen / 2009-08-15)