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Back To The Future, With Engrish Subs

Please forgive the out-of-focus-because-walking-while-trying-not-to-get-big-pink-finger-in-front-of-lens phone shot, but this t-shirt was too awesome to pass up!


We came from Santa Ana Orange County Carifornia

We will supply fine quality Clothing for All of Board Riders

Hope springs eternal! Forget the iPhone 5 – you know the product announcement we’re all REALLY waiting for is Marty McFly’s floating skateboard. And if it comes in retro brushed stainless with a time machine option, you’ll have to knock me out with a vintage brick of a cellphone to get my place in line!

As an added bonus, his friend is wearing a classic Engrish number which reads, “1969 ROUND TRIP Longlife Slang Nortrias Lord Have Mercy Still Of The Night.” I’ll take a dozen, one in every color.

“The brilliance of this novel sneaks up on you as the pieces of its puzzle come together.” —Mac Salman, Tokyo Authority

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

6 thoughts on “Back To The Future, With Engrish Subs Leave a comment

    • I’m sort of guessing it’s a garbled version of “nosotros,” cribbed from a vaguely remembered Spanish rendition of “Our Lady.” Engrish t-shirts often sport words that are like those copies-of-copies-of-copies that eventually do not resemble the original in the least!

    • I briefly flirted with the idea that it was “Norteños” and was thus toying trendily with the bad boy idea of gangstas, but I seriously doubt the Japanese trendsetter who did the art for this shirt has such a refined level of knowledge. Pretty sure it was a “nosotros” randomly lifted from a Spanish version of the Hail Mary or something.

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