New Japanese luxury bus tour seats only 10 passengers, tickets cost over US$1,200 each

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How do you picture being transported to your fantasy vacation spot? A giant cruise ship? A seat in the first-class section of a jumbo jet? How about… a bus?

Not quite sure about that last one? Well the Japanese company Isetan Mitsukoshi Travel is trying to change your mind by offering luxury bus rides from Tokyo to all over Japan. And we’re not exaggerating with the use of the word luxury here: each bus seats only 10 people, and the ticket will cost you around 150,000 yen (US$1,211).

Can such a price tag possibly be worth it? Read on to find out!

The company that offers this luxurious bus is Isetan Mistukoshi Travel, which sells vacation packages all over Japan and overseas. But one problem the company has had is even though the destinations they offer are great, the process of getting to them just isn’t as luxurious as it could possibly be.

Planes can be uncomfortable and trains can get crowded…if only there was a way to ship their high-paying customers off to their vacations as comfortable and relaxed as they would be when they arrived. If only….

And thus the luxury bus tours were born. The buses are said to be modeled after the business class section of airplanes, and it definitely shows. Each bus which could normally hold 45 people (if it were configured like an ordinary public bus) now holds only 10, allowing for each passenger  to spread out, lean back, and feel like they’re already on vacation while they’re en route to their destination.

One other thing is also quite reminiscent of business class: the cost. The cheapest bus tours that are only two days and one night cost around 150,000 yen ($1,211), but some others that are three days long cost 245,000 yen ($1,979) to 330,000 yen ($2,665). The trips include staying at high-class hotels and a few included outings and meals, but a significant portion of the cost is also just for the privilege of riding the luxury bus.

Isetan Mitsukoshi has put out a promotional video for their luxury bus line, which you can watch here. A warning in advance: some delicious Engrish subtitles await you.

▼ There are only 10 seats, and sometimes you may be the only one on the bus, just like this terrified-looking lady.

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▼ Apparently they provide drinks and also take care of everything. Uh, in that case, maybe the tour guide could help me come up with a plan to get out of my crippling debt? Debt I got into by buying a ticket for this bus….

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▼ “Highest quality,” eh? But what specifically do they do that’s so different from any other-

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▼ Pretty sure I’ve seen this line used before on the pamphlet for a cult or two….

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All jokes aside, the luxury bus does seem like it could be a fun way to take a vacation if you have the money to spend on it. And apparently a lot of people agree: Isetan Mitsukoshi reports that even with the high ticket prices, they’ve already sold more than half of their summer packages, with most of the customers being older retired couples and groups of women.

The bus tours go all over Japan, with current packages taking passengers on three-day trips to Nagano and Gunma. They vary season by season, focusing on visiting fireworks festivals during the summer, and most likely foliage in the fall and cherry blossoms in the spring.

The best of comically bad Japanese t-shirts on non-Japanese torsos

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Everyone loves Engrish, and everyone enjoys lampooning the machines that create it and the silly humans who wear it.

Is it as funny when the tables are turned? What happens when non-Japanese deck themselves out in clothing with unintelligible characters on it, only to have the true meaning outed on the web for all to see?

▼”Soft Freeze” . . . while I peacefully slice my pink slime . . .

▼”Bride Hunting” . . . how ’bout it, babe?

▼”Beware of Perverts! Dangerous People Afoot!”

▼”Red Forest” . . . when “Bride Hunting” isn’t doing the job . . .

▼”Giant Penis” . . . sample my Large Root?

▼HEMORRHOIDS!

▼CUTTLEFISH!

▼ NUDIE!

▼SELF-HATRED!

▼SHIT!

▼”I am a stupid American.”

▼”I am Japanese.”

▼”My life is hell.”

▼Trendiest “Loose Panties” VS New Face “Tight Panties” . . . Hey, Engrish belongs to US!!!

▼”What else but Louis Vuitton?”

▼”Full-On Wear and Tear” . . . from a man beaten down by life.

▼”Flamboyant Delight” . . . true ballerz rock the Green Car with Jiyuseki non-reserved tickets.

▼”Pay this jerk” with Adidas on his bum!

▼An “Oh-Crap-We’re-Pregnant Marriage” (Japanese answer to “shotgun marriage”)

Romance and ramen in Spanish brand Zara’s crazy Japanese t-shirts that read like remixed Engrish

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Walking around Japan, it can seem like every other T-shirt in sight is plastered with English that looks like it was concocted by a tipsy translator. China isn’t immune to these linguistic missteps either, as travelers who’ve run into some of the country’s less-than-clear English signage know.

But this isn’t a phenomenon that only runs from west to east. Recently Twitter users in Japan have found themselves on the opposite end of the situation, snickering at head-scratching Japanese text showing up on clothing from Spanish apparel company Zara.

Founded in 1974, Zara’s path to success has been providing fashion that, while not necessarily the cheapest option, is still within the price range of fashion-conscious working professionals. Chic and stylish, most of their clothing has a mature, sophisticated look to it.

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Still, Zara’s designers figure there’s room for a little playfulness in their customers’ wardrobes. To that end, they whipped up some designs for lighthearted prints sprinkled with Japanese text.

Granted umami, the word written in Japanese, is a noun, so the translation should really be “deliciousness” instead of “delicious.” But still, we can get what they were going for here, with a mental image that’s supposed to go from “food” to “Japan” to “miso soup” to “I miso you.” It’s a nice try, even if the pun is so bad it’s making Japanese Twitter user Monharpo cry.

We’re not sure what station the culinary train of thought is headed to on this one, though.

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Yup, that sure is ramen. Well, actually it’s four pieces of yarn made to look like the popular noodles, but still, the shirt says “ramen” in Japanese.

▼ On the plus side, this is way less likely to result in hard-to-remove oil stains than when you get real ramen on your shirt,

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Sort of like with the miso soup tee, one of these two shirts, found at a Zara branch in India, has a logical basis. Even with a decorative splotch/red sun blocking the second “A,” that’s clearly supposed to be Japan written on the white shirt, with Japanese text meaning the same directly below it.

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What’s a little more confusing is why the red shirt has the Japanese katakana characters for “France” on it.

Stylish as the script may look, maybe you want something that feels a bit more personal than the nation-wide scope represented by the shirts above. In that case, there’s this option that also sports a couple of Japanese-style kaomoji emoticons.

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Written large across the shoulder blades is the exclamation “A wonderful story!” This is followed by “Love letter = first love” on the lower back. For good measure, you’ll find “romance” on the front, just to make sure that whether you’re coming or going, everyone knows you’re in the mood for love.

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Finally, right now in the Czech Republic, Zara has this design in stock.

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Splashed across the top is kawaii, or “cute,” one of the more recent Japanese vocabulary words to start diffusing into the non-Japanese-speaking world. This overachieving shirt isn’t done yet, though, as it’s still got two more languages it can’t wait to try out.

Next up is the English command COME WITH US, which honestly seems more kowai(“scary”) than kawaii. However, almost as though it realized it was too harsh, the shirt next offers us a friendly “Thank you,” in Italian.

Okay, time for the big finish. What are you going to go out on, crazy multilingual Zara shirt?

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Yuyake. Or, in English, “sunset.”

Silly as they may be, Japanese Twitter users don’t seem too bent out of shape over the odd use of their language. “I guess this is what it’d be like if you translated the English on the shirts people in Japan wear,” mused one, who said he could actually see himself wearing one of Zara’s creations for kicks. And hey, you could make a valid argument that seeing a foreign language as cool, even if you don’t understand it, is preferable to being unreceptive to anything from a culture other than your own.

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The best of comically bad Japanese T-Shirts on unsuspecting non-Japanese

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RocketNews 24:

Everyone loves Engrish, and everyone enjoys lampooning the machines that create it and the silly humans who wear it.

But is it as funny when the tables are turned? What happens when non-Japanese deck themselves out in clothing with unintelligible characters on it, only to have the true meaning outed on the web for all to see?

▼ “Soft Freeze” . . . while I peacefully slice my pink slime . . .

▼ “Bride Hunting” . . . how ’bout it, babe?

▼ “Beware of Perverts! Dangerous People Afoot!”

▼ “Red Forest” . . . when “Bride Hunting” isn’t doing the job . . .

▼ “Giant Penis”

▼ HEMORRHOIDS!

▼ “cuttlefish”

▼ “nudie”

▼ “self-hatred”

▼ “shit”

▼ “I am a stupid American.”

▼ “I am Japanese.”

▼ “My life is hell.”

▼ “‘Loose Panties’ vs New Face ‘Tight Panties’”

▼ “What else but Louis Vuitton?”

▼ “Full-On Wear and Tear”

▼ “Flamboyant Delight” . . . true ballerz rock the Green Car with Jiyuseki non-reserved tickets.

▼ “Pay this jerk” with Adidas on his bum!

▼ “Oh-Crap-We’re-Pregnant Marriage” (Japanese answer to “shotgun marriage”)

Source: Naver Matome

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29 Spelling mistakes from India…

1. Welcome, leadies and jents!

Welcome, leadies and jents!

2. Gents, you may wash your hands here.

Gents, you may wash your hands here.

3. How about a quick launch?

How about a quick launch?

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I'd like mine without cheese, thanks.

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21. Be careful. Naked people ahead.

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22. Be very careful.

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23. Who doesn’t like to sleep on these?

Who doesn't like to sleep on these?

24. SHOOES!

SHOOES!

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Apostrophes, people, apostrophes.

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29. Amen!

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