Trends in Engrish – The Beauty Saloon
I remember seeing my first ‘beauty saloon’ in person when visiting Nara in Japan way back in 1988, and had visions of hot cowgirls playing poker (hey, it’s my dream!). I was later reminded of the old saloon I once spotted when I received and posted this Engrish pic in 2003.
Since then, by way of countless submissions I have learned that the beauty saloon is ubiquitous in the Engrish lexicon, and the phenomenon can be found outside Japan as well. Here are a few variations I have received over the years (trust me there are a lot more):
We start off innocently enough with a few regular “beauty saloons”…
Shiseido seems to have a thing for saloons:
Here’s a nice saloon for hair – when you just want to let it all hang out.
Time we mozy on down to beautify our car…
I am visualizing women in long white dresses tossing their veils back while doing Jagermeister shots…
They tacked on a Paris to this one to make it sound classy (this pic was also taken in Tokyo):
Then I found that hair saloons are not limited to Japan. The Good Choice Hair Saloon is your best choice in Lahore, Pakistan:
Finally the Porn Saloon!
Porn Saloon – I believe that this last pic was taken in Thailand and “Porn” is the shopkeeper’s name.
Saloon Etymology: It turns out that the word ‘saloon’ is actually derived from the (originally French) word ‘salon’. Today of course a saloon makes one think of a bar in the wild west with swinging doors, and ‘salon’ most often refers to a beauty salon (it can also refer to a reception room or gathering place in a large house).