This is a case where the Engrish sum is greater than the parts. These bits of Engrish were all found at one shop in Narita Airport (the main international airport for Tokyo).
Photos courtesy of Patrick Mertens.
I have had my eye on this place for a while…
Photo courtesy of Owen.
Snack shop found in Korea (see comments for more details).
Somehow I instinctively knew this before seeing the sign…
Photo courtesy of “Con”.
Found in the Philippines.
This sign was produced by the “National Association of Liquor Retailers” to encourage shop owners to check ID’s (in Japan the legal age to drink is 20). I thought that the illustration was trippy enough to share – the black coat is typical uniform of high school boys (only normally they aren’t so animated…).
Photo courtesy of Monica.
Here is another photo of a cigarette vending machine found in Japan. Gotta have the outdated English to make it right!
Tobacco (cigarette) vending machines in Japan are well known to be sprinkled with English as a design element to make them look ‘cool’. I think some of them promise a bit too much…
Photo courtesy of Chris & Nancy Logger-Tonelli.
Found in Takasaki, Japan.
This was shown on the tonight show back in May 2005. I kept the photo thinking that I could use it somewhore, sometime…
Thanks to Eric Brimhall for the pic.
A reader found this message on his toilet in a Shinjuku (Tokyo) hotel room:
I immediately guessed that the text was taken from the lyrics to a song – as so often is the case with strange hotel room messages on toiletries (check here, here and here). With a quick Google search, I indeed determined that they are the lyrics to the song “You and I” by Queen (from their album “A Day at the Races”). There’s gotta be a 70′s music fan somewhere in one of these hotel amenity vendors…
Photo courtesy of David Lohman.
I previously linked to this commercial through Twitter, but it has since been submitted to me repeatedly so I thought it best to share again here. Warning – might be a bit gross for some:
A good friend of mine sent this to me today. I was thinking of using it as an ‘Adult Engrish of the Week’ but I did some research and it has been making the rounds around the internet for a year or so (I like to keep the main site original photos only).
This thing has multiple uses!
Thanks for sending it in Dan!