What Does that Tattoo Say?

It is to laugh. A blogger who reads Chinese and Japanese tells tattooed victims people what those Asian characters really say—if, indeed, they say anything.

Such as green vegetable. Or not chi (qi) but rice. Or not “beautiful” but “disaster.”

This must be the revenge of the Orient for our laughing at all those nonsensical Japanese “Engrish” T-shirts.

But you can take off a T-shirt.

2 thoughts on “What Does that Tattoo Say?

  1. Meg

    Also, bear in mind that what a character says in Chinese may be quite different from what the same character says in Japanese. For example, ‘peace’ in Chinese translates as both ‘easy’ and ‘cheap’ in Japanese.

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