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Engrish [Jun. 18th, 2007|07:50 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
Cleaning my office, I found this gem I'd saved from my earlier trip to Tokyo:

That was a sticky note, attached to an empty plastic tea bottle sitting on my desk in my hotel room.

Ignoring the Engrish, what's funnier is that they thought it'd be easier for me to find a pen and check a checkbox (on a curved surface), rather than just picking up the piece of garbage and throwing it away in the trash under the desk.

Or funnier: that they thought I'd want to keep the empty plastic bottle. Yes, an important guest belonging for sure.

[User Picture]From: edm
2007-06-19 03:00 am (UTC)

Water bottle

FWIW, I do tend to keep at least one plastic water bottle around, especially when I'm staying in a hotel, if there's any chance of refilling it with drinkable water. (Eg, the hotel I stayed at in Singapore provided a iced water jug in the room, which was pleasant given the weather.) So while I'd not be that that annoyed at having them decide it was rubbish and taking it away, I'd prefer they didn't.

But yes, putting it in the rubbish bin does seem vastly easier.

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From: solteronita
2007-06-19 03:01 am (UTC)
I think I will start writing "hope dumping" on anything I want thrown away.
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From: evan
2007-06-19 05:52 am (UTC)
As I understand it, it's rude in Japanese to say directly that someone else wants something. Instead, I think (my memory is bad here) you indirectly say they're showing signs of wanting something.
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[User Picture]From: hawk
2007-06-19 03:07 pm (UTC)
My grandfather found some bottles of a long-out-of-production cola that happens to bear the family name for sale on eBay. Since the family was gathering to celebrate (my graduation, as I recall), he purchased them and distributed them to his siblings and parents. Note that of course these were _empty_ bottles. Maid service swept through the rooms that afternoon while everyone was at the ceremony and took all the bottles away as trash -- of course they were out on proud table-top display. There were two bottles packed away in various places, and they were the only two that survived the trip.
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[User Picture]From: scosol
2007-06-20 12:10 pm (UTC)
see: "corner case"
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[User Picture]From: azureavian
2007-06-19 03:29 pm (UTC)
the Nipponese are very recycle conscious. to them, that bottle wouldn't necessarily be garbage, but there would be a question of whether you meant for it to be picked up (recycleable not equaling garbage).
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[User Picture]From: bulknews
2007-06-20 12:24 am (UTC)
That's how things work in Japan. They're afraid of working and thinking individually, and prefer just doing as defined in the regulation. They also want to avoid claims or accidents as much as they can, even if it'd make our life less flexible.
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