The blogger over at Gaijin Smash (list in the Black Tokyo Japan Blog Roll) had me rolling in laugher with his The Devil is Prada posts. Here is an excerpt:
That’s another thing I forgot to mention last time…quick cultural lesson, often times when you enter a store, the Japanese clerks will say “irrashaimase!” Kind of hard to translate, but roughly it means “Welcome!” That’s all well and good, but the problem is that in these fashion stores, it can be hard to keep track of who is weaving in and out of the store. To solve this problem, the clerks will just shout out “irrashaimase!” at 3-second intervals. This becomes particularly annoying when you’re standing right next to them and they just keep saying it! Goddamnit, you already welcomed me to this hell stop, stop doing it!
You can read the rest of the story at Gaijin Smash by clicking here.