The walls of watering-holes in Japan are decorated with beer posters, featuring nubile women spilling out of yellow bikinis and holding foaming pints of lager. Now, beer and half-naked ladies are two of my favourite things, so these pictures are always guaranteed to bring a grin to my face. Of course, if such a girl were to regularly knock back pints of beer, the resultant beer-belly wouldn’t be too great for her modelling career, but I don’t worry about these details too much.
One of these posters would look great on the wall of my apartment, so I’m always trying to buy them from laughing bartenders, but to no avail.
I was recently excited when I discovered an old, rolled-up poster in a derelict, disused beach-bar. “Could this be one those wonderful beer-and-bikini posters that I so covet?” I thought as I unrolled the poster. It was, indeed, a picture of a girl holding a glass of beer but, to my disappointment, she was wearing a very conservative kimono. Ho-hum!