I had a reason to visit the local Shin-U International Centre this week. This is the place foreign residents are encouraged to go if they have any queries above living in Japan or the local area. The Centre even has "welcome" written on the front door in about 15 different languages and other paraphernalia about the place suggests staff there do speak English and several other languages.
So I approached the counter and judging by the scared/horrified/"I hope I don't have to talk to this foreigner" looks of the 4 Japanese people behind sitting behind it, I already knew the answer to my first question.
I asked in my best Japanese if anybody spoke English. They said no. Out of curiosity, I asked which languages they did speak. I was not surprised to be told Japanese only.
So I asked for directions to the place I was headed. They staffer helping me happily obliged by pulling out a map, circling the place in question and handing it to me. Here is what I got:
Thankfully, I am not new to the area, am able to read some Japanese and can figure out roughly where it is I need to go...
Labels: Chiba, Engrish Janglish, Japan, Shin-U, That's Japan Baby