Sunday, July 28, 2013

Seen around town on t-shirts

Delight the 

Refined utmost
* Brightness *

No more cry
Look ahead

Grandeur is dead  (silver lettering on purple t-shirt)

Surfing is my life            (wearer leaning against wall 
It is my perfection reading a paperback novel) 

WATERS     (on young girl with t-shirt off one shoulder)

Every Calamity is    (on hoodie)

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Vegetable market sign

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Technical seating in the subway.

Check out

When we're finished roaming the aisles of our supermarket, plucking off the shelves what we need and jamming everything helter-skelter into a plastic basket, we proceed to a checkout lane.
The checkout lady, a bandana around her head, smiles and bows and starts to ring up our purchases. She calls out the price of each item as she rings it up and just to make sure we're on the same wavelength the price appears for us on a digital display.
As she rings things up, she carefully arranges them in another basket: she puts the lemons together in one corner, the can of onion soup next to the can of clam chowder. She puts the quart of green-tea ice cream into a plastic bag of its own and the three ears of corn last so nothing rests on them. This careful, not so say artistic, arrangement seems a gentle reproof to the jumbled pile we gave her. I later ask why such a careful arrangement, which after all does add some seconds to to the checkout process in a busy supermarket, is tolerated. I am told that supermarket customers expect it, that they would raise an eyebrow if it were not done.
This, even though at the end of the transaction we must take our carefully arranged basket to a quiet corner and transfer our purchases to bags of our own that we have brought with us. The supermarket, in an economy measure, does not provide its customers with paper bags. Everybody understands this and now brings their own bags.


Friday, July 19, 2013

English-language inscriptions seen around Tokyo

Helps Wanted--in shop window

World Beans--in window of a cafe

I love drug's stores--on a shopping bag

FOODIUM--name of a supermarket

This way to Downward Escalator--officious sign in department store

Clean Shop--dry cleaners

Monday, July 15, 2013

Friday, July 12, 2013

Sunday, July 7, 2013