I once participated in holding a supposedly "glamour and romantic" event called "Shibuya Party" in Bandung. The event organizer was a local radio station and this party was the culmination of their successful Japanese pop culture-themed campaign1. It was huge; they transformed Kampung Daun2 (literally, Kampung=Village, Daun=Leaf) into Kampung-with-City-Lights-and-Big-LCD-Screen Daun; they invited celebrities; and they jampacked the whole site with combination of attractions that could've only existed in Picasso's world (picture a disco hall next to paper-fishing pond3).
However, when I asked them what would they hand out as souvenirs to their guests, they answered--and I'm not kidding--"Pencils."
"What?" was my most intelligible response.
"It's this thing you use to write by--"
"I know what a pencil is," I retorted. "Why did you guys choose pencils?"
"Because they're useful."
I mumbled, "So are toilet papers." And they're actually more expensive than those darn pencils. I mean, this was an event that claimed to be "glamorous and romantic." I could picture the romantic scene right now.
Girl: Look how beautiful the night sky is._____________________
Guy: Yes, it's even prettier if you point at it with this pencil.
Girl: Oh, my God, you're right. I'm so glad they handed us these useful pencils.
Guy: I can't agree more.
Girl: I could even pick my nose without anyone noticing.
Guy: I was thinking the same thing. *turns to the girl*
Girl: *turns to the guy, and let him embrace her while fireworks are lit in the sky* You know, at romantic times like this, I just want to ask one thing from you.
Guy: Please do, my dear.
Girl: Was that the pencil I just felt, or do I have to slap you?
1: Despite the fact that, for the entire month, they'd been spelling "Japanese" as "Japanesse."
2: A fancy restaurant featuring artificially-constructed stalls and environment to resemble--but not quite like--a natural village spot. The menu's price range is definitely unnatural.
3: A typical Japanese festival stand, where you pay money to get a chance at catching as many goldfish as you can, with a small fishing net made out of thin paper. I suspect the Japanese name for this attraction may also be translated as "fishing for suckers."