It’s Halloween Season. How About Some Bad Japanese?
Halloween is so cool. It’s legitimately one of my favorite holidays all year. I love costuming. So when it’s Halloween time, I’m psyched because stores such as Party City really start to stock up on stuff I can use to create all kinds of costumes.
That’s just what I was thinking when I stumbled across this particular prop ninja sword in stores.
But upon closer inspection, there was something funny about it… yes! The sword in fact has Japanese written across the blade on both sides!
But… hmm… what does it mean? Is it just nonsense? Or is it… something more? Luckily, I’M here to save the day!
A little bit of closer inspection shows that it says this…
“Please drink your milk. Your mom’s name. Honesty/Honest person. Are you truly kind to animals? Please give … Please … parents/loved ones.”
…Or something like that. Look, I’m gonna be honest, the writing on this sword is GOD AWFUL. Those places where you see I’ve left a gap in what the sword says, I’m pretty sure they just made crap up. I don’t know every single kanji, admittedly, so maybe a native would be able to better recognize what the kanji was they were TRYING to write. But I went and hunted through online kanji dictionaries, tried to figure it out by the different radicals in each character, and I STILL didn’t find anything for those two kanji I couldn’t figure out. In some cases, like in the case of “Your mom’s name”, I’m even sort of stretching that, ’cause it’s missing a line that would make “name”. And there’s no punctuation, so it just all looks like one big run-on sentence, so in some cases it was hard to determine what was part of what statement.
Anyway, the sword it just littered with bad Japanese writing, stating nothing but complete gibberish. So, who made this sword?
Disguise. Got it. Now I know what company to make fun of when Halloween shopping.