Monthly Archives: November 2011

Hello Kitty celebrates 七五三

November 15th is one of my favorite holidays in Japan. It’s not a public holiday, so we still have to go to work tomorrow, but it’s a cultural holiday like Setsubun and Hinamatsuri. 七五三 or Shichi-Go-San means 7-5-3, and is … Continue reading

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Happy Pocky Day!

We interrupt your regularly schedule Engrish of the week to bring you important news: the clever marketing people at Glico have realized that 11/11 rather looks like four sticks of everyone’s favorite Japanese treat, Pocky, standing next to each other. … Continue reading

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Pepsi PINK!

Yes! It’s here! The day has finally arrived for the new Winter Pepsi flavor! We’ve been waiting for this one for a while–how could you not be excited for Strawberry Milk flavored cola? Pepsi Japan has a long line of … Continue reading

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Gunma-chan, A Call To Arms!

We’re big fans of Gunma-chan around here, our Prefecture’s horsey little mascot. He’s a pretty cute pony, and may in fact be cuter than any other mascot in Japan. In fact, there is a huge Japan-wide competition right now to … Continue reading

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Engrish of the Week! Cooking hair?

Do you know the scent of burning hair? I can only imagine it wafting out of this place that Sean found in Tokyo recently. Ewww… Also, bonus points for the creepy dotted children’s faces on the window. It’s sort of … Continue reading

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Spooky Season

Bat Against Full Moon Nomura Yoshikuni (1855-1903) Woodblock print, Freer & Sackler Galleries Whether you’re celebrating Día de los Muertos, All Saints’ Day, or still enjoying the fresh memories of Halloween, this print seemed quite appropriate for the season! What … Continue reading

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