Doing battle with daily dragons

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Translation Difficulties

When I was in college, a girl on my floor got a present from a friend in Japan that we all coveted. It was a pink t-shirt with a cute bunny on the front with the words, “Heaven is Where The Police” written above it in a blue, sparkly font. Apparently the Japanese have just as much of a hard on for English words as we do for their script; it doesn’t necessarily matter what the finished product MEANS as long as it LOOKS cool. There are doubtless many Westerners walking around blissfully unaware that the symbol for “Peace” that they had tattooed on their left ankle is actually more along the lines of Heaven is Where the Police.

This link, which I nabbed from Taunting Happy Funball, is another example of something that gets lost in translation.