For the skeptical: http://www.starvations.jp
Starvations is both a children’s clothing chain in Japan and a display of Japan’s spectacularly bed grasp of the English language. This is in a shopping mall in Fukuoka, the largest city in southern Japan.
English shop names in Japan seem to be really popular, but among them lie these downright weird ones that make you snicker, giggle, gasp or just stand there confused and dumbfounded asking “Why?”.
The name “Starvations” came to be from a very logical mathematical equation (asians are experts in this field): “Star” + “Innovations”. I could never understand that about Japan, they always try to make combos of English words to come up with a cool, foreign-sounding name which usually turns out to be plain weird for those outside of that country; or in this case, making up a completely different word. Thankfully the intended audience doesn’t care if it is correct or not as long as it looks good and sounds cool. It’s kind of like that Kanji tattoo you got last week that actually says picnic table… no wait, it’s exactly like that.
Yup, this is for real. Makes perfect sense, why wait 5 minutes for the next train when you can be stuffed into this one! And those brats with personal space issues well, they can just walk home or suck it up.
I know that these images would cause (or have caused) a lot of controversy in other places in the world. Why are the Japanese so racist? I don’t know, but what i do know is that their idea of humor is plastic poop. They do make very good automobiles, however.
Blacky Professional Tanning Salon
The arse is the window to the soul.
Designed by Japanese “interactive designer” Tomomi Sayuda, this armchair sofa comes with a photocopying machine pointing up your bum. Here is her explanation on how she came up with the idea:
“This project came from “impact” brief. My initial concern was the news about a naked British streaker who jumped into the Japanese Emperor’s palace moat. I was interested in the principle of the news, which is showing embarrassment without big harm for fun. For me, impact means positive and humorous reaction. I decided how to represent this principle. This idea development took the longest time of my four projects. I was brainstorming in many ways with some practical developments since October 2008. Finally I came up with the idea of scanning people’s bum.”
Makes perfect sense.
So watch as these people try it out and get a free photocopied image of their flattened ass.