I Am Favorite the Sugar!

Trip Start Jun 14, 2008
Trip End Jul 26, 2008

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Yes! I just came back from Harajuku - home to the bizarre and adorable Cos Play Girls, many, many shops, AND! it is the word's greatest source of Engrish. There are t-shirt shops lining the streets and they are hysterical. Unfortunately it was pouring so I didn't take many pictures, but I will go again and did make some notes of my favorite mixed up, mangled english t-shirt sayings...

1. I am Favorite the Sugar (I love this!)
2. Hope Manner Had Still Surviving (WHAT!?)
3. The World Not Caught in Preconception (Ooohh...kind of deep!)
4. For Making useful articles -Silver Dust - with Dish Towels (and there was a picture of a lady looking pretty - totally random)
4. You Make This All Go Away (actually kind of a sweet one, in a strange way)

Drum roll please.....the winner is... for best nonsense t-shirt in Harajuku.....

"An assertion that never changes in all ages
Groping in the dark,
But don't suffer"

Ha! I had alot of fun. Also, on Friday night was my welcome party. It was interesting. About 20 teachers came to the "first party" which is what it is officially called. We sat at low tables (supposed to kneel, but these knees couldn't do it for long so I opted for indian style), and had many, many waves of delicious gnoshes. Meet on sticks, sashimi, shrimp chips, salad with teensy weensy little fish sprinkled on top, and more. The sake and beer were flowing and I guess it is polite to pour for your neighbor when you see their glass is empty. So, needless to say I rarely had an empty glass.

By the time we went to "second party" my Japanese co-workers were stumbling and slurring. My enormous stature served me well and I was perfectly fine. I was even sober enough to navigate the train home by myself. (I had expected to need a taxi the way I was warned about the drinking at Japanese parties)

Everyone really tried hard to talk to me in English as much as they could, but very few of them speak much and I think my english teacher who speaks great english is getting tired of translating for me. So, I had alot of gesture conversations - which after alot of sake is very entertaining. The special ed teacher, probably a 50 or so woman (who spoke very little english, but really wanted to try), kept turning to me and saying thigs like, "I like you." and then nothing else. Or "I like bas-ket-ball." But we couldn't converse much, so most of them opted for just smoking cigarettes and staring at me.

They all raved about my green eyes since they all have dark brown eyes. We also had an interesting conversation about blood type. Apparently the Japanese view blood type as a way to determine a person's character. So, we took turns guessing about each other's blood type (I think A is serious and neat, B is wierd, O is positive and outgoing, and AB is a genious - that's the short version, there are huge books about this that people study when they're looking for a mate, etc.).

I left as about 10 teachers were going to the "third party" because, although they were very hospitable, I think I was a hard guest to have around after a while. Everyone had used up their english on me already, and they were starting to speak to me in Japanese - which is useless. No karaoke like I thought, but they assured me we will get to that.

Yesterday we (American teachers escorted by our Shinagawa hostess Ineko who runs this exchange program) went to Kamakura and had a picnic of salmon rice balls, japanese plums and pickles, more meat on sticks, and cherries, on a park behind the giant Budha. largest outdoor budha in Japan and he/she is cast of bronze. It was magnificent. We also saw the hydrangeas that are famous in that area, and then went to Tokyo's version of China Town and had dinner. I had my fortune told, and it was all GOOD!! Yeah!

Check out the pictures. Hope all is well with everyone else.
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elainecolella on

O genki desu ka?
I love reading about your experiences! Oh, sorry; I mean, I ROVE it!!!
So, which T-shirt have you decided to buy? It's a tough choice.
Glad you are having a great time! It certainly looks like one.
I'll keep reading!

O yasumi nasai!

tysibley on

I am favorite the sugar!
I taught the Japanese this phrase when I was in Japan in '98! I think that it pretty much sums things up.

I asked one of the English teachers at the school that I was working at about these silly t-shirts, signs and bumper stickers. He told me that most people understand that the phrases don't make sense in English, but that they make sense to Japanese people because they are literal translations of Japanese phrases.

They are the evolutionary dead ends of the English language. The Platypus of phrases, the Emu of expressions, the... OK, you get the idea.

This site is great idea. Thank you for sharing it with us.



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