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signs of the time

Outside Chion-in in Kyoto.
I think I know what they mean....

Just wondering what "cai" means.....

I guess you might feel warm and cosy in this bar....

When it comes to shop names, you can't beat something short and snappy to get the attention of customers....

"I'll be back later - just popping over to Love Boat Save the Girls Girls Save the World Love Boat."

I'm also a fan of beautiful proportion.

A cafe that quite possibly sells good earthy food. Or contaminated.

Hopefully this will put an end to all those trigger-happy temple-goers shooting about the place.

Kyoto: hunt geishas not guns (but don't harm them) (the geishas, that is).

OK it's not a sign, but it would be if it was.

This jacket somehow looks familiar.....
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On Monday, 10 August, 2009, Anonymous Bryan G said:

Too drunk to keep the camera steady ;)
Nice blog.  

On Monday, 10 August, 2009, Blogger LSL said:

Jesus, I lived there for four years and it took me a while to get that first one.

I just wanted to say that I've been reading you for years and I really appreciate it every time I see you pop up in my reader! I love your pictures and stories - they always bring back awesome and really weird memories.  

On Monday, 10 August, 2009, Blogger RRabano said:

At least they try to accommodate foreigners. Its' interesting have you notice any sign in Japanese, Korean, Chinese in your country welcoming them. I have not seen any sign welcoming guess in the State.  

On Monday, 10 August, 2009, Blogger the englishman said:

LSL - Thanks for your kind comment!

RRabano - True, visitors are often surprised by just how much English there is about the place, even if much of it doesn't make a great deal of sense...  

On Monday, 10 August, 2009, Anonymous Scotty.VOR said:

Your right EM, the very same "hysteric glamour" err...company? I bet it's a couple of English dudes pulling off a nationwide prank.

Try contacting them, submit a rude phrase, the more swear words the better. They might even send you a free T-shirt.  

On Monday, 10 August, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said:

I was in Osaka in Amemura in October 2001, and saw someone with a white t-shirt with green lettering simply saying "Fucker Kings". I've googled it but have never seen anything with 'Fucker Kings' on since. Does this ring a bell with anyone? Would love to get my hands on some official Fucker Kings merchandise.  

On Tuesday, 11 August, 2009, Blogger km said:

hey you got the love boat from kobe! represent!  

On Tuesday, 11 August, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said:


Hysteric Glamour is indeed a company - I know - my GirlyFriend is a, um...designer with them. Even though I'm English, this wonderful catch-copy is alas, not my handywork. I can tell you thou' that none of them speak a word of English thou' and there stuff is well expensive.

EM. Your blog is the only one that make me snigger into me Tetleys.  

On Wednesday, 12 August, 2009, Anonymous silla said:

Haha signs in other countries can be so funny! i wanna se more funny signs! :D  

On Wednesday, 12 August, 2009, Anonymous Mike I said:

The gun-hunting one is hilarious. I took the same one in Arashiyama this summer.


On Wednesday, 12 August, 2009, Anonymous tokyobogue said:

Maybe someone at Hysteric Glamour is a big Dead Kennedys Fan...?


On Friday, 21 August, 2009, Blogger Baron's Life said:

C'est formidable...my good friend
You should be a stand up comedian...in Seoul Korea I went to a fast food place and the name was:
Ham Bugger
I regret not having my Camera with me that time.
Cheers Englishman  

On Thursday, 27 August, 2009, Anonymous Patrick said:

Regarding the "too drunk to f***" jacket, I've also seen it in T-shirt form...on a boy in Shinsaibashi that looked like he was about 7 years old ><  

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