| Jan 4, 2014

Chicken little

Customer: Have you got any chicken? Waiter: We’ve got a whole chicken. Customer: How much for a plate of it? Waiter: We don’t sell it by the plate. We sell it by the chicken. Customer: How much for a chicken then? Waiter: You can ...

| Dec 28, 2013

Shifting gear; Jogging gear

Shifting gear Australian tourist: Hold onto your hats, the bus driver’s decided to experiment with third gear. — Hato bus to Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture. Overheard by The Japan Times On Sunday Jogging gear Man: Why do people wear jeans while running? Woman: Maybe that’s ...

| Dec 21, 2013

Where there's smoke

Man #1: Can I please steal one of your smokes? You’ve got enough to see you through tonight? Man #2: But you’ve quit smoking, haven’t you? Man #1: I haven’t had one in a while. — Asakusa, Taito Ward, Tokyo. Overheard by The Japan ...

| Dec 14, 2013

Blowing in the wind

Young man #1: I think your phone’s ringing? Young man #2: No, that’s someone blowing their nose downstairs. — Shinjuku apartment, Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo. Overheard by The Japan Times On Sunday