Category: Humor

MAD Says Hai

Lets Japan is a fan of MAD magazine, America’s longest-running humor magazine. MAD often jokes about Japan, because, you know, Japan is a funny place. The satire and parody magazine doesn’t publish a Japanese edtion. MAD doesn’t even know about Lets Japan. So don’t tell MAD. Now, here’s another in our continuing Japan in MAD

Three Months Of Monkey Madness

A wild monkey has been loose in Tokyo for three months. On Aug. 20 the Japanese macaque appeared in Shibuya station in Tokyo. Morning rush hour commuters cleared a path for more than 30 net-carrying cops who arrived to capture the ape. The monkey, then perched atop a ceiling-mounted timetable display, calmly watched the police

Railway Kitty Keeps Cash Coming

Report: Tama-chan Boosts Business For only the price of cat food, a kitty in a train station in rural Japan has benefited the local economy. In April 2008, Lets Japan wrote about Tama-chan (Cat in Hat Can’t Quit), the official hat-wearing stationmaster feline at Kishi train station on the Kishigawa Line in Wakayama Prefecture. Tama-the-cat

Mcd KDDI SoftBank Dictionary Needs

Three major companies publish advertisements and material containing misspelled words. The McDonald’s Japan McRIB sandwich wrapper "will makes you hungry". KDDI telecommunications is unsure about "your" and "you’re" in a newspaper ad, which has been published twice. And, when you use your Softbank mobile communications Mysoftbank web page, you are "logined".  related: McRIB Japan review

Summer Time To Tattoo Hide

The fear that people who have a tattoo are associated with yakuza (Japanese mobsters) persists. Tattooed bodies can be bad for business, so onsens, private pools, sento community baths, water parks and places where shirts come off and shorts are worn either ban tattooed people from entry, or require them to stay covered-up. Stars and

Olympic Swimsuits Still See-Through

Experiment Confirms Transparent Swimsuit Concern Swimsuits that can be "Photoshopped" see-through may distract Japanese Olympic swimmers at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. The Shukan Post quotes a spokesperson for the Japan Swimming Federation. The spokesperson says that following the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, official swimsuit manufacturers were asked by the JSF to "ensure their