Japanese Stop Sign


In America, our stop signs are octagonal. In Japan, they are a triangle.

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Tasty Clam Snack


If you find yourself in the Aomori, Japan airport and you’re feeling a mite peckish, hit up the convenience shop and have some fresh clams. I watched the guy replenish the tank. Grab a bag. Grab some clams, and voila, you too could sit in front of gate and crack’em open for a tasty delight.

Here’s the guy loading up the tank.

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Here is a side shot of the tank.

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Here they are from the top.

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Kentucky Fried Christmas


Back in the 80s, Japan truly opened itself up to doing business with Western countries and Kentucky Fried Chicken swooped in and established itself as the fast food restaurant du force. KFC did such a great job becoming a part of their culture that it is THE Christmas meal to provide to your family at Christmas.

KFC’s business is so great during the Christmas season that the Japanese call months ahead to place their Christmas order.

All of this I find very strange because if you go into a grocery store you’ll find they sell hardly any chicken products. They don’t really cook chicken there. Beef? Yes. Pork? Hell yeah. Chicken? Not so much.

BTW – go into a KFC and you won’t be able to get any mashed potatoes. They don’t eat them that way. But, you will be able to order an eggplant milkshake. It’s purple.

Go figure.

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Phone danglies, charmies and bubble machines abound.


The Japanese really dig doodads that dangle from their phones, purses and backpacks. These can be obtained nearly anywhere but my absolute favie is their bubble machines (also called Capsules.) Plug in 200 yen (about $2 US dollars), twist the handle and collect your prize. Here is my collection from this particular trip.

Bubble Machines

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My Collection From This Trip

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Some of them are so ornate and detailed (and bizarre!) from the asparagus stalk phone charm to the DIY theater seat (complete with separate soda to place in the drink holder.)

My Entire Collection from All My Trips & When I Lived There

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And yes, that is sperm charm the red arrow is pointing to.

My Happy Jar of Memories

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Engrish, Bad English and Just Plain Wrong English


They try so hard but Japan and other Asian countries frequently misuse or incorrectly use words and phrases that make for so much fun. And although I tease, you have to give them credit for trying. I defy anyone to point to an English speaking culture that works as hard to communicate with them as they do with us.

Disclaimer firmly in place….I now offer up some amusement.

That hot “Pappery” taste

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Woman cleanser (for when you need to cleanse the woman bits)

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Spark Up McCol (I don’t know what spark up means to you but I know what it means to me.) (McCol = McCool?)

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Picking Up Cigarette Butts is Hot Sweaty Work

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Shiny Apple Juice

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Concentrated Distinguishment

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Who needs Bling When You Can Have Blang?

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Contetti (It’s even better than confetti!)

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Oddball Japanese Underwear


Why?

Hell, why not?!

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Squid, Glorious Squid


They do love squid snack in Japan.

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