No, I’m not thinking anything incredibly profound. However, I have decided that since I like the layout on this blog – and since maintaining two blogs is really quite time consuming – I shall henceforth use this one as both a travel and a food blog. Besides, most things I experience are inseparable from my stomach, as it’s hungry pretty much 24/7….
So now that I’ve rethought my blogging approach, I thought I’d highlight some things in Japan that might want reconsidering. Like allowing 1,200 deer to wander around a city.
Yes this is Nara. And yes it’s wonderful for tourists….but isn’t it a crazy idea? I wonder how many get killed by cars every year…..
Perhaps stranger, is the mascot of Nara. The thought process behind it must have gone something like this:
“What is Nara famous for? Hmm.”
“I know, I know! Buddhist temples and the biggest Buddha in Japan!”
“But it’s also famous for deer! Lots of deer!”
“I know! Let’s combine the two!!”
Here is Sento-kun! Half-Buddhist monk, half-deer! Now I don’t want to think about what led to his birth! (NB: Wikipedia states “Sento-kun is meant to resemble an amiable young boy who has the antlers of a deer.” Meant to. Says it all).
Other things that might need rethinking:
1) A gangster octopus….
Yes that is a takoyaki (fried octopus ball) restaurant, advertising the octopus it serves by a gangster octopus riding a tiger. Again, I wonder what thought processes led to this concoction? Certainly not any thoughts whilst sober…..
2) Fur-lined crocs
Crocs are an abomination in my opinion. Now fur-lined crocs just take that to a whole new level.
3) Do you Kyoto?
The Kyoto city mascot. ‘Nuff said.
4) Big boy hamburgers
Actually, I’m not convinced that this one needs rethinking. Big boys are probably just the kind of customer they’re trying to attract. And besides, a bit of innuendo goes a long way in marketing – Shake Weight is proof of that.