Mark and I saw this upscale Asian-fusion restaurant on Sunset Blvd. when we went to go see the Cut Chemist on Thursday night. With the amount of Japanese people who visit this area, they must know that their sign really means.
1) Italian (and sometimes French): ‘Cheers!’ Derives from the sound of the glasses clinking together.
2) Japanese: Penis. Cause of much puzzlement when Italians travel to Japan, or when Japanese travel to Italy.
Italian guy: OK, here’s to our time in Osaka. Chin chin!
Japanese guy: I beg your pardon?
(from the Urban Dictionary)