Monday, January 16, 2017

Okinawa Signs


  1. Japanese signage, I think is unparalleled. One of my favorites (from years ago) was in Asakusa, near the Senso-ji temple. I could not read Japanese at the time, but the image showed someone feeding a pigeon, and then another picture that looked like the pigeon poo-ing midair. Thanks for sharing yours!

  2. Interesting collection there! Does the vottom one mean check you haven't left anything behind??

  3. Good morning Pamela ,just showing my grandies the signs,thankyou xx

  4. There are always a lot of signs of warnings in Japan. Of course most of them are in Japanese, and unfortunately most of them are ignored. With so many foreign visitors more of these signs are now being translated into other languages, I presume by machine interpretations (Google Translate and similar) or some person relying only on a dictionary.
    Now, why are there so many signs warning people of wet paint, or their clothes getting stuck on the escalator, or staying clear of bird droppings ? I think it is a) a genuine wish to protect people from misfortune, 2) a wish not to get into legal trouble by someone claiming compensation for an accident.
    There was a boy who lost his toe on an escalator when his soft shoe/sandal got 'sucked' into the moving steps. The accident caused national news headlines, triggered a debate and forced the operator of the facility to close the escalator for some time. Probably there was also a legal issue of who was responsible, the escalator company, the operator of the facility or the boy's parents.
    Nevertheless, these signs with cryptic messages ARE greatly amusing.

  5. Great signs! Caution is a good thing, even if you can't read all the details.
    My daughter in law lost part of her long skirt in an escalator once. It was caught so my son ripped part of it off.
    Quick thinking to avoid bigger trouble.