Fried octopus was a large number of people

Love the Google Translate version of this Japanese review of Blackheath:

Southwest of Greenwich Park, 170 acres of land in Blackheath airy pond that is almost grasslands in two places. I really feel no huge telephone pole wires were also being handed down Hakare topic in a beater. I even wonder that there is space in a city like this. Fried octopus was a large number of people. It’s a sport. Church steeple (Saints Church) and may determine the direction to a landmark.

If anyone speaks Japanese, please let me know the real translation!

PS – sorry for the lack of posts recently. Been very busy.


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15 responses to “Fried octopus was a large number of people

  1. Alan Burkitt-Gray

    Hmm. No comment on the Japanese but look at the review above that one in your link: “It is sometimes mistakenly called Blackheath Village, but it is in fact a Victorian suburb of London and has never been a village.” There’s a bloody STREET called Blackheath Village, init?

  2. Translator

    This is the Yahoo translation, much much clearer as I’m sure you will agree.

    “The release impression of Blackheath of southwest of the Greenwich park the land of 170 acres which overflow is a pond in 2 places, but almost it is the grassland. It did with coming after and the bowl measured but because is there is no plug or a utility pole, you feel immense truly. You think that it is this kind of space in the city even strangely. The person of several people fried the big octopus. This is sport. When spire (Saints Church) of the church direction is verified in the marker, it is good.”

  3. I come from a Japanese background and here’s a rough translation; this will make a little more sense than ”!

    ‘South-West of Greenwich Park, there is a large field of 170 acres, with two ponds, called Blackheath. It is very spacious and airy, though it was a shame because the drought meant the grass wasn’t green. But it was nice not to see any telegraph poles on the land, so it looked and felt very big. It feels strange that this is in the middle of a city. A lot of people were flying kites. It’s a sport for them. All Saints Church is a nice landmark.’

    The ‘fried octopus’ was a mistranslation: Japanese for ‘kite’ is written/ said as ‘Tako’, which also happens to mean ‘octopus’! ‘Hakare’ is Japanese for telegraph pole.

    Hope this helped.

  4. Mazer

    @Alan. From memory I recall that Blackheath is a comparitively recent village. It was an ancient cross roads, hamlet, and meeting point of the parishes of Charlton, Greenwich, Lee, and Lewisham – but not a parish itself. I dont believe it had a church before Victorian times, but demand for one grew as it developed with more and more housing from late Georgian to early Victorian times. Nearby places are real ancient villages, such as Charlton Village that is in the Doomsday Book. Neil Rhind’s books would verify (or not!) if this is correct.

  5. Mazer

    @ Alan.
    Sorry, i think i slightly missed the point in your post! Of course it is presently a village, leaving aside how recent that is.

  6. Kate B

    Its real name is Dowager’s Bottom.

    (Map 1746 by John Roque)

    • Neil Rhind

      No it isn’t and never was. Silly caption on a map by a Dutchman who couldn’t spell.. Nor was it Blount’s Hole. Neither Bottom nor Hole had the same schoolboy smutty connotations that we give them today.

  7. scared of chives


    This means: ‘I need to go to the toilet’ in Japanese.

  8. Michelle O'Brien

    @ Bugle
    …”sorry for the lack of posts recently. Been very busy.”

    @ Scared of chives
    “This means: ‘I need to go to the toilet’ in Japanese.”

    * * * * *

    For crying out loud! … This blog is dead. It’s an ex-blog.

  9. Michelle O'Brien

    @ Michelle O’Brien (on Nov. 25)
    “… This blog is dead. It’s an ex-blog.”

    @ Michelle O’Brien (today, Nov. 28)
    This blog has suddenly come to life again.

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