I sat there flustered for a while before mumbling something about a man walking into a bar. The interviewer rolled his eyes. Needless to say I didn't get the job.
Sitting in a smokey cafe after the interview I remembered The Michael Jackson Joke which is probably the best beginner-Japanese joke of all time. I should've told him that one! Although he probably would have rolled his eyes at that too...
They say explaining a joke is like dissecting a frog - you understand it better but the frog dies in the process. So with that in mind, here are my three favourite, brilliant, terrible Japanese jokes. Happy Friday!
Maikeru Jakkuson no sukina iro wa nan desu ka.
"What's Michael Jackson's favourite colour?"
Doushite Hawaii jin wa haisha ni ikanai no?
Ha wa ii kara.
"Why don't Hawaiians go to the dentist?"
"Because their teeth (=ha) are good (=ii)"
My friend Kendal sent me this one last week. ありがとうケンダル！
Pandas and puns are probably two of my favourite things. This joke has both.
Panda no sukina esa wa?
"What's a panda's favourite food?"
What's your favourite Japanese joke? Have you ever told a joke in a job interview? Let me know in the comments!