Japan’s Obsession with Grandeur!

Feb. 8, 2017 by

Japan is obsessed with grandeur words. Advertisements of newly constructed condominiums proclaim in large bold letters “GRAND OPEN“. Products, services and plans ranging from beer, cookies, fasting drinks, club memberships and even bus services named “PREMIUM” are everywhere. To top

Research Topic: Engrish!

Feb. 3, 2017 by

Believe it or not, engrish is a research topic! I came across a research paper discussing the engrish phenomenon is Japan by Prof. Jayne Ikeshima published in 2005 in the Keiai Journal of International Studies. Prof. Ikeshima belongs to the faculty

Free Tea!

Feb. 2, 2017 by

A recent incidence reported by Twitter user @domoboku in a convenience store in Tokyo involving a non-Japanese Asian man and one of the store’s clerk triggered me to write this post. This is most probably what happened at the convenience