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June 2007 Monthly Archive

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Japan Launches Campaign To Unsettle Tourists


Japan's tourism authority recently unveiled its latest advertising campaign, Yokoso! Japan (Welcome to Japan!). Efforts include this 'Welcome to Japan!' illustration awaiting tourists at Tokyo's Narita airport.

The poster attempts to familiarize visitors with the traditional Japanese reaction to foreigners− scowling in a thoroughly sour manner followed by the slow but deliberate unveiling of a weapon.

Older or more formal Japanese may further punctuate this greeting by spitting into your eye. Although some regional variations exist. For instance, in Northern Japan the spitting is generally substituted with a punch in the throat. While residents of Japan's Southern island of Kyushu are more inclined to urinate onto your person.

Previously, Narita airport employed live greeters to intimidate intruders welcome visitors in person. However, following the economic downturn, arrivals have had to make due instead with these illustrations.

Other posters in the Yokoso! Japan series depict a geisha flicking a tourist's ear with her thumb and forefinger, and the emperor tearing a backpacker a new a-hole.

Posted on June 07, 2007 11:42 AM
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