A foreigner perusing the aisles of a convenience store in Nakano Ward, Tokyo, has begun to doubt his own desires after articulating a sentence with three negatives to a local friend.

“Watashi, kore hoshikunai jyanai dewanai deshoukane?” said 33-year-old Greg Alison.

Alison started his sentence off with a generally positive vibe of wanting to purchase a tuna wasabi onigiri but by the second negative he was already becoming unsure of his true feelings.

“I thought I wanted this rice ball but now I’ve verbalized some Japanese with three negatives in one sentence I’m really starting to doubt my own motives,” said Alison.

“I thought I’d be clever by using a double negative phrase to my mate Tsuyoshi, but once I got near the end of the sentence my actual desires were overtaken by a rush of blood to the vocal cords and before I knew it I’d said three negatives in one go,” said Alison.

“Did I really want this triangular-shaped tuna wasabi onigiri or did I actually want that tuna and mayonnaise onigiri shaped like a three-inch tubing pipe?”

Alison was still struggling to reconcile his real emotions a full six minutes after expressing a triple negative.

This is a developing story.

Images: Ben W, japanexpertna.se


  1. I am so tired of ignorant foreigners referring to themselves as “gaijin”. I get this is for humor, but I see too many people here fresh off the boat referring to themselves as “gaijin” not knowing the history of the word and its negative connotations.

    • And now you can go preach to japanese people too as most of them don’t know that connotation either and use it as a common contraction of gaikokuzin, in a language where contractions are common. Or you can take it as a “non-japanese-looking person” equivalent and let it slide.

    • Should black people stop calling themselves (each other) n****rs too? Because that’s a pretty ignorant and negative thing to call oneself.

  2. Hello Greg. Very interesting article!!

    Just out of interest, may I please kindly ask for your permission to use the first
    photo at the top for a local flyer?

    Kind regards


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