More Reverse Engrish – Kanji Tattoo
Recently on Japanese television they interviewed a person with a Japanese tattoo in New York, and I thought it was a funny exchange:
They had him pull up his shirt to show off his “kanji” (Chinese character) tattoo, which says “ronin”.
Tattoo’d New Yorker: ”It means a ‘samurai without work’, or a ‘student’, right?”
Japanese Reporter: “Actually it (commonly) means a student who didn’t pass his entrance exams.”
(In other words, a “student” who has yet to enter college/university – something not to be too proud of…)
Tattoo’d New Yorker: “Well, that’s cool too…”