German – popular in Japan

The German language seems to be quite popular in Japan. I guess English is getting more or less ‘boring’ as many people can understand English by now, therefore German or French seem to be languages which are kind of fashionable to use. E.g. for t-shirt prints, names of cafés and stores etc.

Some nice shirts – some with funny German slogans on them – can be found in graniph stores in Japan. And Tokyu Hands – a by the way very worthwhile visiting store in Japan – sells this wonderful and funny German item with a really funny and very typically Japanese translation of the German ‘Glückspfennig’ or by now ‘Glücks Cent’:

glueckspfenning

At Juliation Gallery I collected some more funny translations and impressions typically for Japan: www.juliation.net/gallery/

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