Rethinking things

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.

The children edge backwards as the deer advance on them...
Deer on a pickpocketing mission

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!”

Daibutsu - largest 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).

A perversion of nature

Other things that might need rethinking:

1) A gangster octopus….

Giddy-up, tiger!

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?

Do you Kyoto? Do you really?

The Kyoto city mascot. ‘Nuff said.

4) Big boy hamburgers

Do you fancy a Big Boy?

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.

Author: Phoebe Amoroso

Phoebe Amoroso is a Tokyo-based reporter, multimedia journalist and storyteller. Hailing from the UK, she moved to Japan in 2014 and has since been shouting about the country to all who will listen. She divides her time between covering breaking news and producing feature stories for TV; writing about everything from business and tech to food and travel; and guiding hungry visitors who want to sample the best of Japanese cuisine. When not working and/or eating, she can often be found running up a mountain or cycling by the sea.

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