TIM BUNTING

KIWI YAMABUSHI

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What to think about strange English

Japan is covered in weird English in the strangest of places too. T-shirts are the obvious one, but also shop names and signs are plastered with the oddest of expressions that it truly makes you wonder where they came from. One of my personal favourites is from near where I live, where there is a hairdresser whose name is ‘weed’. The sign says:

Weed: Men 2,000 yen. Women 2,000 yen. Children 1,500 yen.

Personally, I think that is quite a reasonable price to pay for some wacky tabacky, but selling to children? That’s a bit too much for me.

I used to kind of get annoyed at all the strange English, like they were bastardising my native language and I would get the urge to correct everything, but now I really don’t want them to stop. The strange English is a source of entertainment for me, and it would be one less thing to enjoy about living in Japan.

So, although I do want Japan to improve their English, I’m OK with seeing strange English everywhere. Keeping up the good works!

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hi, I’m Tim Bunting AKA the Kiwi Yamabushi, a New Zealander who became a Yamabushi Ascetic in the Dewa Sanzan mountains of north Japan. I’m part of the Yamabushido team, and we host life-altering Yamabushi training on the Dewa Sanzan (website link). People come to us for the ultimate mindfulness experience, to reach the next level, or simply connect with nature and themselves.


I’m on a mission to summit all 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata Prefecture to spread the splendour of this fabulous location, and in dedication to all those who lost their lives out in nature, including my father.


On my daily blog I post thoughts of a practicing Yamabushi that I hope people can use to better themselves and live as fulfilling a life as possible.


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Tim.

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