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Two things the residents of Osaka are known for are their sense of humor and acute business acumen. This is, after all, the city that produces far more comedians than any other in Japan, and also a town where the local greeting translates to “Are you making any money?”

Just a few blocks west of Osaka Castle you can find a place where these two characteristics mix together. The merchants of the Fuminosato shopping arcade are well aware that passersby are much more likely to put cash in your hand if you can put a smile on their face first, which is just what the local businesses do with their sometimes funny, sometime quirky, always eye-catching posters.

The covered shopping street is home to a mix of grocers, drug stores, and other shops serving the local residents. Somewhere along the line, Fuminosato earned a reputation for its creative ads, and shopkeepers have been adding to the legacy ever since.

Take, for instance, this series of posters for the Hanwa Pharmacy, which draw their inspiration from (and bear) the old Japanese saying, “There’s no medicine that cures stupidity.”

▼ No, that’s not a traditional form of Japanese dress. It’s just a doofus with a bunch of envelopes used for giving gifts of money taped to his body.

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▼ We’ve got no idea what this guy’s getup is, though.

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Wellness is also on the minds of the staff at the Fukutomi Bonsetting Clinic, who want to ensure their clients can continue with their healthy, active lifestyles, regardless of what their end goals may be.

▼ “Italian men like mature women….or so I hear.”

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▼ “My grandkids still aren’t married,” grumbles this would-be great-grandfather.

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These aren’t the oldest people you’ll see in a Fuminosato poster, though. In 2013, the owner of Oshima Pickles finally decided to close down his business after years of hard work. First, though, he appeared in this set of ads.

▼ “I just realized something. This job is wrecking me.”

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▼ “A picture for a poster? Hurry up, I’m dying here!”

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▼ “OK, now it’s time to have some fun for a change.”

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Speaking of senior citizens, the owners of Shimomura Electronics know that modern gadgets can be tricky for older users to figure out, and their posters pledge the shop’s commitment to “expanding the borders of after-service,” as shown in these possible scenarios.

▼ “There’s nothing good on TV.”

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▼ “How do I erase my browsing history?”

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▼ “My toilet’s built-in bidet won’t shut off.”

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Going from old age to youth and toilet humor to whimsy, Kumanari Bedding wishes customers “Good night. Have a nice trip,” as they make their nightly pilgrimage to slumberland.

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Of course, people don’t stop dreaming just because they grow up. Their dreams do become a little more adult, though.

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Healthy urges are also the theme of this poster for the Nakano Korean barbeque restaurant, where the woman pictured admits, “Oh God….I can’t stop my nikuyoku,” a word that can express both carnal and carnivorous desires.

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Apparently this isn’t pushing the envelope enough for butcher Torito Shoten, whose designers felt these images were more appropriate.

▼ “We’ve got nice breasts”

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▼ “We’ve got nice thighs.”

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While we’re sure they do indeed sell high-quality cuts of chicken, we can’t help but imagine the disappointment and embarrassment of someone who sees the photos, rushes inside without reading the text, and asks how much a private dance costs.

Sources: Kinisoku, Osaka Chamber of Commerce
Top image: Osaka Chamber of Commerce (edited by RocketNews24)
Insert images: Osaka Chamber of Commerce, Kinisoku