Wednesday, May 18, 2011

On キリン*

The giraffe might not be native to Japan, but it certainly makes its presence known in Tokyo. Or perhaps I just notice them more than most folks would..?

The label says "Tall Horse", but I know better.
It's a giraffe, all right.
(And yes, it is also wine. Haven't tasted it [yet])

Yes, that is my finger in front of the lens...
Above it, however, is a girafflag. Or banneraffe.
What I want to know, though, is where "giraffe1" is..?

A nanako point is, apparently, where arrogant giraffes hang out. 

From a sign. Somewhere. For something. Probably not giraffe-related. 



Shinjuku-giraffe
And of course this one, that I have posted earlier.
My suggestion was that it was an ad for a giraffe grooming salon,
but of course my readers had many more creative ideas. Giraffe clothing
store? Giraffe tailor shop? Or my favourite - the giraffe is getting mugged!
(Poor giraffe, though it is looking reasonably happy...)

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*If I copied the proper katakana (and you never know - Japanese websites can be tricksy...),  キリン means "giraffe" in Japanese. It struck me that it's been a while since I've "giraffed around the world" like I used to, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. I actually started this post waaaay back in March, but then it didn't feel right to post it after I went home after the quake. Now that I am back, however, it feels more appropriate.

Also, if you read Japanese, and you notice that I didn't copy the proper katakana, I would greatly appreciate if  you tell me that I managed to write a blog post about "title" or "heading" or whatever the Japanese Wikipedia page about giraffes is called...

10 comments:

Angela Felsted said...

I like the pictures. Giraffes are cool.

LL Cool Joe said...

I have a photo of a dead giraffe on one of my blogs. Probably not a good thing to show you though. :D

They are beautiful animals. :)

Deb and Barbara said...

Japanese giraffes! How sweet. Are they following you???
B

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I used to know a little Japanese, but not enough to help you now!

Georgina Dollface said...

So many cute giraffes! I should make a point of doing some giraffe hunting just for you! I'll bet once I start looking for them, I'll see them everywhere. In fact, as I am looking out my window right now, the big cranes they use to lift cargo off the ships across the harbour kinda look like big, giant,red giraffes! - G

Cold As Heaven said...

Cool pictures. The heading looks like 3 squares on my screen. I probably don't have the right mapping of the symbols.

Cold As Heaven

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Love the pictures and a great post.

Yvonne.

Kelly said...

I think I've told you that I have this thing for giraffes myself, so this post was perfect! I love the one with the mother and baby.
:)

Suze said...

I like your portmanteau words. And everyone else who's said it before me is right- the images are way cool.

Michael Offutt said...

I like giraffes. Such an awkward looking animal.

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