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Is there a way of typing Japanese characters when you have no knowledge of the language? I've cut and pasted from Japanese websites before and used translation websites from English to Japanese with no trouble. I'm just wondering how I can search for what the text is from a t-shirt I have.

I've had this t-shirt for a while now and wear it a fair bit. I'm just wondering what I'm saying to people who can read it as I go about my business. If you can answer my above question or simply translate it for me that would be great - I understand it may mean I'll never wear it again, however!

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Yeah, you won't gain much insight from typing this one. (I'd say the question is still a valid question though. Let's see some of your other T-shirts! Just don't delete this one!) –  Earthliŋ May 11 '13 at 16:03
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Would you mind telling us where you got it? –  Chocolate May 11 '13 at 16:05
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"Typing text from images"? Questions about input methods and OCR (optical character recognition) are on-topic on superuser, so you could re-ask there, but make sure you read their FAQ and tailor your question to fit their community. –  snailboat May 11 '13 at 16:13
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I got it off if Amazon a year or so back. Never knew what it meant but it looks kind of like the Heineken logo. No other t-shirts with unintelligible writing on, sorry to disappoint! –  Scott Brown May 11 '13 at 17:49
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From what I can gather, this shirt appears to be made somewhere other than in Japan, as the top and bottom line of characters mean nothing intelligible (unless you start making up your own meanings for each section of the random list of characters.)

The middle line is closer to something that makes sense, and it almost reads: Sapporo Beer. (But the characters are slightly out of order, and there is a random period next to one of the characters.)

This might be a parody T-shirt... where the characters are switched just enough in order to avoid legal problems from an actual brand (Sapporo Beer mixed with Heineken, in this case.) It would be interesting to know where this shirt was found... (perhaps Thailand?)

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I noticed the period which only fuelled my interest. Sort of glad to know it means nothing and, if it kind of does, glad it of Sapporo, a beer I like! –  Scott Brown May 11 '13 at 17:51
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Google Translate

I would just use Google Translate on a smartphone with a touch screen. It's pretty accurate.

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and yet if you look again, it doesn't say サッポロ... –  virmaior 1 hour ago
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