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And Some More Fun in Japan

October 30th, 2005

Okay, a break from the politics for now, and back to a little more fun with the photos. First, some confectionery English from Japan. Again, these photos are from the past, 15 to 20 years old. In the local supermarket in Toyama, the Pastry section read as this:


I didn’t want to ask what those little black specks in the crackers were, quite frankly. Then we had the usual assortment of strangely-named cookies:


You’ll find in there: Surely Cookies, Assort Cookies, Love Sound Cookies, Marone Sand Type Cookies, Hartly Cookies, Homely Cookies, and Nice Cookies. The only cookies in there I’m not sure are unusual are the Digestive Biscuits, but I don’t recall seeing those in the U.S.–maybe it’s a British thing. Or it could be more funny English. They tend to be better about that kind of thing nowadays, though we still have Pocky, Crunky and other assorted strangely-named treats.

This child’s toy set indicated a different perspective on trends in parenting, I suppose. In the U.S., most parents would specifically avoid anything close to this:


And then finally, from a Toyama gas station, English which was okay, expect for syntax:


And I’ll leave it at that tonight.

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