At first glance this appears to be fairly standard Engrish found on a body sponge often seen in cheap business hotels and “love hotels” in Japan. Upon closer inspection though, the ‘Engrish’ was taken from the lyrics of a Simon and Garfunkel song entitled “The Dangling Conversation” (one of my personal favorites from them). They [...]
This toothbrush holder contains a verse from a Lord Tennyson poem, but the poem has no mention of “cosmos” and the title is not “Flowers on the Hills”. Seems like another completely random usage of English on a toiletry item – a common sight in Japan. Toothbrush holder from Japan. Photo courtesy of Lee.
These signs were found at the same school as today’s Engrish. They are entertaining in their own right so I thought it best to archive here. Photo courtesy of Chris H.
You may recall the Clash Engrish post from way back when (we also made stickers out of this design). Well Kirainet.com, run by a Spanish blogger in Japan, made a fun video from the clash signs they found at Hamamatsucho station in Tokyo. Nice to see real life Engrish on video! Here is a pic [...]
I just received this photo of a hilarious entry in an English textbook from South Korea about Shaquille O’Neal. I wonder if Shaq ever approved this? Shaquille O’Neal was born in 1972. His father was a soldier. So Shaquille moved house a lot. He was always a new kid in a new place. Shaquille’s new [...]
This image was just Dugg up over 2,500 times yesterday – it is a pretty funny cover of a “mook” (crossover between a magazine and a book) about police in the US: I did a bit of research on the ‘mook’ – the image was lifted from a Japanese blog entry from August 2008 that did research [...]
Here is another example of an Engrish photo that keeps reappearing on the net every now and then – so much so that we forget where it came from. This is a screenshot from a Pakistani website known as The Frontier Post, as submitted to me way back in 2002: Seems like they had really [...]
The Fire brand line of canned coffees from Kirin beverages (a sister company of Kirin Brewery that sells soft drinks) has been on sale for quite some time now. It’s a catchy name – “Fire” – but some of the combinations are kinda funny. Take Fire Ice Coffee for example: I wonder if the irony [...]
Moral of the story – don’t use internet translations for your instructions! Photo courtesy of Nick Garner. Found in Ohnomichi Japan. I put in the blog because this is Engrish obviously originates with a translation program. I try to keep the posts on the main site as “pure” as possible (but I am sure quite [...]
Today (March 14th) is White Day in Japan. From Wikipedia: White Day was first celebrated in 1978 in Japan. It was started by the National Confectionery Industry Association (全国飴菓子工業協同組合) as an “answer day” to Valentine’s Day on the grounds that men should pay back the women who gave them chocolate and other gifts on Valentine’s Day. [...]