Lady Gaga Sporting Pokemon Tattoos? Um...

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Popstar Lady Gaga arrived in Japan's Narita Airport wearing an I-don't-know-what and sporting Japanese scribbled on her arm. And while her music videos might have game references (here and here), her arm does not.

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Neither does that Hermes Birkin bag that has been defaced. (Named after popstar Jane Birkin, Birkin bags typically cost from $6,000 and up. Birkin is also known for recording a really great song while having "simulated" sex with her then boyfriend Serge Gainsbourg.)

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The temporary tattoo on Gaga's arm says "I love little monster" and the writing on the Birkin bag reads "I love small monster Tokyo love". These are not references to Pocket Monsters, but rather, her own fans, which she affectionately calls "little monsters". (It's also unlikely she is referring to this classic.)

It is not believed that Gaga wrote these messages herself.

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Gaga is coming off releasing her newest album The Fame Monster last year and is currently on the Asia leg of her Monster Ball Tour, playing two shows: one in Kobe and the other in Yokohama. She might have Tokyo Love, but it looks like all she'll be doing there is shopping and sightseeing.

Lady Gaga's very expensive message to her Japanese fans [Marie Claire]

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I actually think this was a pretty stupid thing to do. I mean, it's cool that she did this as a gesture to her Japanese fans and got to display that she's so rich that ruining a $6000 bag ain't no thang, but to simply take an English sentence and kana-ize it (not sure if there's a better term for making a Katakana version of an English sentence) is not really the best way to get in touch with the non-English speaking fans.

Granted, anyone that listens to a Western artist probably has enough Enlish ability to read the sentence, but if you were to read the characters out loud, while the sentence would sound correct a 100% Japanese speaker wouldn't know what it meant, really. They would just say "Ai rabu litoru monsutaa" (using her arm as an example). Still requires the knowledge of the English words. They are pretty common words, at least, so I would expect almost anyone that lives in Japan that cares about gaga to "get it."

Personally, I think she would've had plenty of time on the 13 hour plane ride to have a flight attendant or staff member properly translate "I love my little monsters" into Japanese and scribble it on her arm for her.