The fact that Lady Gaga arrived at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport yesterday carrying a bag that was defaced using a black marker to read “I love small monster, Tokyo Love” was not at all surprising. The fact that she had those relatively neatly-written Japanese characters written on a white Birkin bag (with gold hardware, no less) was. OMG. Gaga? Birkin? Really? Has the entertainer who goes against all grains been bitten by the status bag bug? Or does she just have an Asian tour guide who whispered in her ear that Asian ladies–in particular of the Japanese ilk–love them a good Hermès bag? Or is it just a way for her to communicate with her thousands of adoring fans in Japan without so much as uttering a word? No lost in translation here. I’m kind of loving the fact that she scrawled all over it; it’s one-part artistic, two-parts total Gaga craziness (she’s sporting nearly the same phrase on her arm as well). Who knows? Maybe she’ll put it up for auction at a later date for charity. I’d certainly bid! It reminds me somewhat of the white Birkin Linda Evangelista owns that features a sketch of herself done by Jean Paul Gaultier. Note to Gaga for future Birkin cameos: go with the palladium hardware. It’s a much better look for you.