Japan's "Anal City" Must Be Fixed

In Hakata, Japan, there's a shopping center called "Canal City." Well, it's usually called that, except for when the sign's "C" burns out. Then, it's something else entirely.

Recently, the sign did burn out, causing Twitter users like @taiji_utagawa to upload images and people to snicker. The tweet has been retweeted over eight thousand times.

Below are some more pics:

Japan's "Anal City" Must Be Fixed

Japan's "Anal City" Must Be Fixed

The most bewildering thing is that the "C" has been out for a week! The lead image dates from September 5, and here's a snap from September 6:

Japan's "Anal City" Must Be Fixed

Hopefully it's been fixed by now.

Japanese people know exactly what this means. Why? Because in Japanese, "anal" (アナル or "anaru") means, well, what it means in English. So a sign that reads "Anal City" is not lost in translation!

This isn't the first time people in Hakata have made jokes at Canal City's expense:

Japan's "Anal City" Must Be Fixed

Japan's "Anal City" Must Be Fixed

Nor is this the only embarrassing sign disaster you can see in Japan! More common, but still rare, are Pachinko (パチンコ) signs with the "Pa" (パ) burned out, reading "chinko" (チンコ), which is Japanese for "penis."

Wonder if there's a pachinko parlor near Canal City...

Japan's "Anal City" Must Be Fixed

Hooray for juvenile humor!

Photos: Dion, S2Seipyon, Ero_Taku, Nm_Fangea, fit026, Msnw7

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