Reincarnation machine

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From the Engrish in Japan Facebook page, posted by Yukie Masumoto:

In the most literal sense, the Japanese sign says "come again machine" (sairai ki 再來機).

Cf. "Machine accepts reincarnation" (11/1/15), which we encountered eight years ago.

Selected readings



  1. Jim Breen said,

    December 28, 2023 @ 3:19 pm

    再来機 actually. It's an abbreviation of 再来受付機.

  2. Victor Mair said,

    December 28, 2023 @ 8:14 pm

    Thanks for catching that, Jim. I used the traditional Chinese form, rather than the simplified form.

  3. Jonathan Silk said,

    December 30, 2023 @ 4:38 am

    I puzzled over "supposed say check in machine for the reserved appointment" until I realized it must mean "It is supposed to say: Check-in machine for reserved appointment," but I wonder if this is right. It looks like it should mean: if you've been here before, and therefore are in our system, you can check-in here.

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