My apartment (the old one) is in an interesting location, because it is just about equidistant from two different malls, one being the largest in the Kanto area of Japan, IIAS. While walking through the mall, I saw the sign for a store that made me stop in my tracks. The name of the store was “Starvations”…I am not joking…this isn’t photoshopped…it’s real. I just couldn’t let this one slide, I had to take a picture. I guess the person creating this clothing store was either being funny with the sign, or was trying to put Star and Innovations together. I mean, that’s a creative idea and all, and I’m sure it’s a wonderful store, but you HAVE to get a second opinion before posting signs like these. I found it to be extremely funny, and I think this happens in Japan more often than people think. I don’t know if you remember that sign I saw at the movie theater (in this very same mall), but it said “No molester violence.” I took a moment to walk around and look at some of the store signs that were written in English, too. There were no “offenders” that were as extreme as Starvations, but there were a couple of stores with odd signs, or ones that didn’t make a whole lot of sense:
How about you? Have you seen any weird English signs here in Japan? What’s the strangest, weirdest English sign you’ve seen? I’d love to hear your stories? You can email me or post in the comments section below.
Time and time again, I’ve asked what I can do to improve my Japanese, and I know many other foreigners...