Wednesday, September 3, 2008

That's ReaLLy rAnDom!

It should come as no surprise that Kuji has a lot of signs that are written in Japanese. (You'll have that in a city in Japan! haha)

However, it came as a surprise to me that there are English words written on some of them. And you don't always know where you're going to spot some English; it's really random.

Since today was gorgeous, I went on a walk and did a little photo scavenger hunt for English words. These pictures probably aren't exciting to you --"Wow, an English word. Big whoop!" But to me, this is exciting stuff because these are words that I can actually understand while walking down the street! So anyway, here are some examples of random English that can be found in Kuji:

"Taxi" -- the only English word on this sign. Random.

I know it's hard to read, but the store name is Sasaki, and above that it says "jewelry, watch, optical."

I found this outside of what looked like a daycare. "Happy birthday" is written on the cake. This sign is double the excitement because Winnie the Pooh and friends are on it!

One of 3,454 barber shops in Kuji, where they cut and perm. I really don't know how many barber shops there are -- I chose a random number -- but it seems like a ton! They are all marked by the red and blue striped pole, which I think is kind of cute. :)

The post office is labeled in English above the door. This one's for you, Donna!

On the back of my milk carton the only English says "3-A-Day." Besides being random, I think this is neat because the same dairy campaign is in America.

English words are not the only randomness in Kuji. Yesterday, I (finally!) got a Japanese cell phone. The phone came inside a gift bag, which also had the instruction booklet, the phone charger...and flip flops!? But these aren't just any flip flops. They're giant ones that look like the outside of watermelons. Check 'em out:

It seems to me like most people here don't have feet big enough for these flip flops! And I love the random squirrels on the package. What squirrels have to do with cell phones or watermelons, I'll never know! And I'm receiving these flip flops in September, no less. So even if I could wear them, I'd have to wait until next summer. How random can you get? haha. Oh well, it's the thought that counts I guess. :)

In an effort to be a little less random myself, I'm going to *try* (being the key word in this sentence) to write a blog post every other day by 10 a.m. (Indiana time) from now on, so you don't have to guess when there will be a new post. But I'm not going to guarantee that the topics won't be random!


Anonymous said...

They must think that since your feet are bigger than theirs that that means they must be huge!!! Lol
I look forward to the blog posts!!!
Love ya!!!!

Stacie Ruth said...

Hmmmmmm. Maybe my plank-like feet could fit those flip-flops. LOL

Thanks for the update, darlin' Dana!

Love and prayers,
Stacie and Carrie

Amanda said...

Don't worry, you will grow into the shoes? Ha ha...just joking. I love you! Thanks for sharing.