helloalissa

Is it your dream to teach English in Japan?

Bicycle Engrish

I’m not going to go into detail about how the Dutch style mama chari is the best bike to own, as long as you don’t live in an area with hills. Most people in Japan ride them because they’re not expensive and are easy to ride around town (with groceries and children, if necessary). It just makes sense to ride a bike instead of driving in Japan (anywhere, if you ask me).

Bridgestone (石橋) is the most well known Japanese bicycle manufacturer, and along with Panasonic, they are commonly sold in Japan. Bridgestone is known overseas for their tires. (Of course we can find other Japanese brands, such as Nishiki, Fuji, and Miyata, although they are not so popular anymore.)

There are so many other brands of bicycles available at hardware and department stores in Japan, many of which are inexpensive and manufactured in China. Most of these models, along with the well known ones, have vaguely English (or French, Italian, ?) model names. Some are just funny/random names for a bicycle model. I started snapping photos of these when I saw them, and within a month, had a good Engrish photo diary. Please enjoy lots and lots of photos.

Using “town” in the model name is quite popular.

bobbytown

breezetown

chacktown

standardtown

bistrotown

French names are also popular.

fromage.jpg

lamaison

petitmaman

olive

promenade

soleil

(Boulevard Saint Michel)

boulmich

Some Italian:

andante

lineacostiera

italian

valeriano

Portuguese and Spanish:

assista

magnifas

Mythological?:

zehpyrus

Not sure if that’s a word, but alright:

majiloca

albelt

bluehs

brid

cajuna

Leimon

Weird English:

aqua

broad

eastboy

freeandeasy

clarinet

lunges

patiobox

people

rideontime

skinnys

stylish

traffichome

window

Cool English:

activity

agenda

coconut

coordinate

coventry

impression

indicator

momentum

prism

prosperity

Which one do you think would be the most fun to ride every day? (I ride an Impression.) My favorites are Majolica, Prism, and Window, although Momentum and Prosperity sound so positive.

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on May 25, 2016 by in Engrish as a Second Language, Living in Japan and tagged .

My ebook, No Time For Love

Instagrammar

#newsketchbook #noketchupplease
%d bloggers like this: