August 7th, 2009

Sexphone Competition Sign Fixed Already?

You probably recall this Engrish entry from this past Sunday:

Well, looks like someone tipped them off and they have changed the sign already – only thing is it is still spelled wrong (saxophone has 2 “o’s”):

Thanks for the update – Craig Winter!

August 6th, 2009

Rodeo Boy II – From Japan Home Shopping Network

I checked it out – this thing is actually legit!

August 4th, 2009

Metal Gear Solid 2

From the package of Metal Gear Solid 2 (back in 2002):

I was going to put this on the main page, but the file size is kinda big – I didn’t want to shrink it too much to make it unreadable.

August 3rd, 2009

Not the same Wu Xiang Xia Bing

And here I had it confused with the other Wu Xiang Xia Bing…

Photo courtesy of Leon Overee’. Found in Singapore.

July 30th, 2009

I Love You Baby

I took this photo of a Japanese tourist at a Waikiki hotel (questionable angle, but I couldn’t help myself). Not really sure how Engrishy the English is, but I still thought that it was funny saying to have on a shirt – and the location is a bit bizarre…

July 29th, 2009

Buttocks Washing Seat

Can’t tell if the caretaker woman in the illustration is wincing or happy (either way it is disturbing). Just spray it from a distance honey, and let the buttocks washing seat do its job.

Not sure I want to grow old anymore…

Photo courtesy of Shawn Deats. Found in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.

July 28th, 2009

Department Store Boutique Shops

Here is a typical Japanese department store signage showing various boutique shops for women. Some interesting names – one stands out in particular:

Photo courtesy of Michael Tokuyama. Found at Shinjuku Department Store (Tokyo).

July 27th, 2009

Dual Purpose Room in Iraq… Storage and More

A submitter to the site recently wrote in the following note with this picture:

Yesterday was a really tough day for me in Baghdad, Iraq.  My room was just too cluttered, and I was just down in the dumps. I needed to find a place for some of my extra gear and was feeling a bit sad and lonely. Good thing they have dual purpose rooms here in Iraq. Two problems solved. What a country!

Photo courtesy of “Mack Ekin”

July 24th, 2009

Balls to the wall

My good friend Andree took this picture at a local golf course here on Oahu. I think it is intentional (?), but still funny nontheless…

Thanks for the pic Andree!

July 23rd, 2009

Food Highlights from a Short Japan Trip

Last week I was in Tokyo on a short business trip. Other than Engrish-hunting, my favorite thing about Japan is the food. Having lived there for 10 years previously I developed a pretty good palate for various types of Japanese food, and I thought that I would share the highlights of what I ate while I was there.

The first restaurant I went to the night I arrived was Inakaya Roppongi- a traditional robatayaki style restaurant where customers sit around an open hearth on which chefs grill seafood and vegetables. The fresh ingredients are displayed for customers to point at whenever they want to order. This video I took should give a good feel for what they are about:

Kinda loud. Every time they bring out something new they have to yell it out to everyone.

The place is fairly expensive – it is not something that you go and eat every other week.

This fish, called “Kinmedai” in Japanese, is the best fish I have ever had. Every bite was fluffy and oily – the perfect combination. Needless to say I tore this sucker up!

The next day we went to a tempura place, and to top the meal off at the end I had this “chazuke” dish (green tea poured over rice with shrimp tempura). It may be an acquired taste, but I thought the presentation was nice enough to share:

This next dish is one of my favorites – it is a type of Chinese ramen called Tan-tan-men in Japanese (担々麺)that features a spicy soup with ground sesame paste. There is this hole in the wall in Ginza called Kounanshun (江南春) that is the best I have had, so I try to go there every time I am in Tokyo:

The flavors are amazing – the combination of the ground pork, soup, noodles and bean sprouts all together are the perfect balance.

The last place I’ll talk about here is only the best ramen in the world IMHO. It is a place in Sano Tochigi (Sano is known for their ramen) – about 2 hours outside of central Tokyo – called Banri (万里). This ramen is to die for – that charsiu on top melts in your mouth and the noodles are hand made every day:

The soup is a shoyu (soy sauce) based soup that was likely simmering for a day or two before served. Just the right amount of grease too. The place is usually pretty crowded, with long lines forming outside the shop especially on weekends.

As a reward for reading through my self-indulgent obsession with Japanese food, I’ll share an Engrish sign that was right in front of me on the bus ride back to the airport. I was staring at this thing for 2 hours until it ceased to become Engrish to my eyes…

Funny thing is the sign effectively blocks you from putting anything on ‘this top’ anyway – not even room for canned coffee.

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