I See What You Mean
May 12, 2010 § Leave a comment
In Japan, you can buy a lot of merchandise with English on it. “Why would you do this?” you ask? Well, because it’s not like US merchandise with English on it. It’s translated English. Inspirational little bits on t-shirts and signs.
I’m not here to make fun of it. I really like it. Especially when I need to be reminded to take a step back and think about the big picture. Because whenever you read translated English from Japan, you can’t think about the details too hard or you won’t understand. But if you think about the whole thing as one concept, you really do get the idea.
For example, here is a bag I bought in a train station in Japan.
It has a picture of three Dachshunds and these words:
It is a friend WHOLLY.
An animal and relations will become good. Animals are alive with nature
And asfor nature, relations will become good.
Nature has given us various things. Therefore, we
have to value nature.
The sun gives the light of a life. Rain gives the
water of a life. All also of an animal and a plant are friends.
The life which is
useful to the earth is connected with one ring.
Nature and those who live.