A few posts ago I wrote about a creepy-cool shirt I bought at the Marukai store, and that I would send the image to my buddy in Japan for a explanation of what it all means.
Never being the one to disappoint (for the most part), I thought I’d share what the shirt says with all of you. Here is what he told me:
Well, your shirt is a parody of a temple in Nikko.
Basically, it’s word-play as Japanese has few phonetics compared to most languages. Miwazu, kikazu, Iwazu equates to don’t look, don’t listen, don’t speak AKA hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil y’know. So instead of miwazu it becomes mizaru and saru/zaru is monkey hence the word-play in the zu and za. I guess the last one if funny because ‘touch’ in Japanese is sawaru and if you take out the middle sound, you get saru… (my girlfriend) liked it so I guess it’s safe.
So, um…yeah, there you go. I think that makes me feel slightly better about wearing the shirt in public, which I did today and didn’t have anybody pointing and either laughing or beating my ass to a bloody pulp.
This brings us full circle for you see, this friend of mine was the first one to leave a comment on my first post at my old blog over 5 years ago. The only problem with all of this is that for some reason, I thought today was the anniversary of my first blog post. Well, as you can tell by the date of my first post, I’m a little late.
So at any rate, here’s to 5 years of blogging at this URL and my former, sicksenseofhumor.net. It’s been fun and I don’t see any reason to quit any time soon. You all have been a blast and I always enjoy hearing from you. Hope you stick around 🙂
The thumbnail image is Charles Demuth’s “The Figure 5 In Gold” which is one of my favorite pieces of art and the reason I chose it for this post. The background image for the new banner is an image I took this last 4th of July. I just thought it looked cool, so there.
Now playing: Eddie Boyd – Five Long Years
2 thoughts on “5”
Well, your creepy-cool shirt turned out to be not so creepy after all. Still, 99.9999999% of the people you run into probably won’t have any idea what it says at all. Congratulations on 5 years! I hope I can last that long.
True, true. And I’m happy for that. And thanks! Who knew I would even last this long?
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