Last of the hilarious stickers hubby and I found at Tokyu Hands ^.^
The Japanese says, "Shimura, behind you!" This is a quirky tribute to an old game show in which the title character, Shimura, is standing on stage facing the audience. He knows someone will sneak up to scare the living daylights out of him but he doesn't know when so it's up to the audience to shout this phrase out loud to warn him.
The Japanese actually says, "I am otaku. So what?" Also, his shirt says "moe," a slang term that can be loosely translated as "budding" as it describe the generally pre-pubescent looking (mostly female) characters in animes, mangas, or games. Now, I know I have thrown around the term "otaku" a few times in joking reference to my sister and her hobby. But be rest assured I'm fully informed that the term "otaku" actually has a negative, creepy, perverted, condescending if not derisive connotation in Japan. Most of the time, the term "otaku" is no more complimentary in Japan than the term "geek" or "jock" in the states. Of course my sister and I (and I suspect many anime/manga/gaming fans outside of Japan too) don't necessarily see the term "otaku" in a negative light. So if you're going to use the word, just be aware you may raise an eyebrow or two.
The Japanese says, "Some love, please."
The Japanese says, "Don't cast off your femininity!" Yes, the picture is kind of funny, but if you really think about it, it's plain sexist and offensive. Ha...
So that's all, folks! Here's the parting memo to Only in Japan... Tokyu Hands series. This sticker is commonly seen inside elevator doors, and in my opinion it's demonstrative of the cute-funny cartoon fixture in Japanese daily life. Almost everything in Japan has cartoon on it, be it a sign indoor or outdoor, the packaging of anything at all, or a logo/mascot of a brand.
The sign says, "Be careful of the door." Yep, or you'll cry like a baby!
Even a simple package of mushroom has cartoon on it!
See my previous posts:
- Only in Japan...
- Only in Japan... Part II
- Only in Japan... Tokyu Hands Edition
- Only in Japan... Tokyu Hands Edition Part II
- Only in Japan... Tokyu Hands Edition Part III
- Only in Japan... Tokyu Hands Edition Part IV
- Only in Japan... Tokyu Hands Edition Part V