Tag Archives: JAPAN

Plain EngRish #17 : Awesome T-Shirts

Of all the wonderful EngRish out there, T-shirts are tops. Not only do they provide us with frequent EngRish sightings, but honestly, I think T-Shirt EngRish is really the greatest EngRish you can find… I mean, people actually wear this stuff! And you know what? I for one love them dearly for it.
Seriously, the prospect of chasing down a moving EngRish target to try to capture a stealth photo of the offending garment… well, it’s something everyone should try at least once before they die.

Anyway, today I’ve got a bit of a China/Japan theme going on with some T-Shirt EngRish I’ve come across over the years.  Enjoy! Continue reading

Plain EngRish #15 : Menus

Another week and another dose of Plain EngRish is here! Re-visiting the Menu theme from a few weeks back, here are some more great menu muddles from around Asia. Honestly, who knew dining out could be so funny?? Continue reading

Plain EngRish #12 : No Smoking

Plain EngRish this week goes out to Asia and its wacky ‘No Smoking’ signs.

For a continent with a rather large smoking population, Asia seems to have an uncanny ability of morphing this common interdiction into some incredibly peculiar EngRish, which differs greatly from one country to the next. Regardless of these differences, however, the result is always the same: highly amusing EngRish.

Let me take you on a little tour of Asia’s ‘No Smoking’ EngRish and you will soon see what I mean.

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Plain EngRish #10 : Makeover

 

This week in Plain EngRish we will see that not only can EngRish make us laugh, it can also make us beautiful! Get those pens ready to take notes people. It’s time to beautify! Continue reading

Plain EngRish #6 : Prisoner of Love

Hey hey Roadies!  Week #6 of Plain EngRish is here and ready to bring some happy-joy to  your Wednesday morning (or afternoon… or whenever you are reading this).

Looking through the last few glorious weeks of Plain EngRish, I’ve noticed something a little troubling: the absence of a seriously major player in the EngRish leagues.  JAPAN. Where have you been hiding??

It is widely agreed that Japan is something akin to the cradle of civilization when it comes to EngRish, and for decades the Land of the Rising Sun has dominated Continue reading

5 Gross Foods To Try (or not) In Asia

Trying local dishes is inherent to travel. There’s really no escaping it… and nor should you want to!  Some of the most amazing meals of my life have been consumed while traveling – Indian curries, Japanese sushi, Cambodian Amok, Chinese duck – the list is long. These are the meals that have left their mark on me for their deliciousness… they’re the stuff my hunger-fueled daydreams are made of, they’re what keep me trying new foods everywhere I go.

But then there are those dishes that are memorable for other reasons; for the significant challenge they posed to my stomach and gag-reflex, for making me want to cry at the prospect of eating them, for their downright grossness. Some look much worse than they tasted, others tasted worse than they look, but they all took a lot of mental-conditioning to put into my mouth and they’re all reasonably common dishes in their local sphere. It is to these foods that this week’s Friday Fives is dedicated.

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