We are almost at the end of what is known as Golden Week here in Japan. It is a holiday period that consists of a cluster of of holidays that people often string into a full week off. Although I’m not officially taking any days off I am taking some time to relax a little bit in between the work. I even took time for shopping and bought another ridiculous mock U.S. University T-Shirt of which we have many over here.
Usually I am quite aware of what the shirts say, however this one I just bought because it fit and looked ok. When I put it on today I was surprised to find that I am proudly wearing the colors and name of The Lincoln City Nebraska State Alaska, Tree Planters, apparently.
The English language shirts here are often unintentionally very funny and, in at least one instance, quite shocking. When our daughter was about eight years old and we were still living in the states we came to Japan for our yearly visit. We bought her a silk screened sweat shirt decorated with teddy bears on it and a pages from a children’s book with some text on it. We came back to the states and she proudly wore the shirt to school and outdoors for a month or so. Finally one day I started reading the text and it was positively pornographic. Someone had lifted text, either knowingly or unknowingly, from an entirely inappropriate source and put it on children’s clothing. Needless to say, I’ve read every shirt since before buying. Until this one, that is.
Speaking of our daughter, another thing we did this holiday was to go to a department store to see her. Well not exactly her but her picture. All over the place. She’s no longer 8 years old and she’s now working as a model out of Osaka. Time really does fly…