Seen in Tokyo Part 1 of an ongoing series

This one comes from a Mr. Roy Berman of New Jersey:

 “Just saw a guy with the Dead Kennedys’ “Nazi Punks Fuck Off” T-shirt walking with a guy wearing a straight-up Nazi swastika shirt.”

Thanks, and keep  those observations coming!

5 thoughts on “Seen in Tokyo Part 1 of an ongoing series”

  1. Swastika is also the crest of the imperial family of the town I am currently living in. And the family was around before the Nazis. Not all swastikas are bad. 😉

  2. There’s a rather clear difference between the Buddhist, Celtic, or ancient Indian swastikas and the Nazi one, though – flip the Buddhist one over and tilt it and you have a Nazi one – not used for anything else. On a punk in Tokyo, it was probably a straight-up Nazi swastika – with the white circle and red background, I’m guessing.

    I saw a guy at a Rancid concert a few years ago with full-on White Supremacist tattoos. A Japanese White Supremacist is a seriously conflicted individual.

    One of the craziest things I’ve seen, though, was a bright yellow T-shirt on a little boy that must have been 3 or 4 years old. In bold, black, block letters, the back read:

    I just couldn’t imagine dressing my kids in something I couldn’t understand to such a degree.

  3. Even if his parents understood English, they may have misinterpreted this idiomatic usage of “bone.” Which would be easy, I guess, since there are no bones down there…

    As for seriously conflicted individuals, check out my very first post at MFT.

  4. I was punched by a Japanese guy wearing white supremisist paraphernalia in a bar in Hiroshima once. As I’m of good Scandinavian stock, I savour the irony nowadays. It wasn’t so funny then.

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