Simple enthusiasm

On Shinsaibashi Shopping Street in Osaka, Japan, they’re really pumped up to sell you stuff.

Street scene in Osaka: Fuckin' Sale

(Photo by Zarina Yamaguchi.)


  1. Tatyana »

    7 January 2012 · 7:59 am

    Zarina Yamagihci?
    talk about naming the child…

  2. CGHill »

    7 January 2012 · 9:14 am

    I’d be suspicious of a Japanese woman named, for instance, Tricia McMillan.

  3. Tatyana »

    7 January 2012 · 9:37 am

    So you think “Zarina” is a Japanese name?

  4. CGHill »

    7 January 2012 · 9:54 am

    Well, no, but “Yamaguchi” clearly is. And in a town like this with a substantial population of Asian descent, you rapidly adjust to seeming mismatches: see, for instance, tailor Laura Tran, or real-estate agent Wendy Chong.

  5. Tatyana »

    7 January 2012 · 10:45 am

    Which never fails to bring peals of laughter.
    “Seeming”, indeed

  6. Tatyana »

    7 January 2012 · 11:27 am

    thought I’d clarify a bit.

    “Zarina”, being a Central Asian female name, is also thought [in America] to mean “Tzarevna” (Царевна), i.e. Tzar’s daughter (compare to “Tzaritza” – Tzar’s wife).
    The combo with “Yamaguchi” make it simply delightful.

    Reminds me of a classmate in H.S., a Tartar girl who was called, in popular local fashion, Venera (=Venus) Ghazi-Mohamedova

  7. Jeffro »

    7 January 2012 · 1:10 pm

    Seems a bit extreme for only 20% off.

  8. CGHill »

    9 January 2012 · 3:03 pm

    Language Log’s Victor Mair explains it all, kinda sorta.

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