Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Going to Japan reawakened one of my guilty pleasures in life - road signs. I know, I know, most of you were thinking "sushi" or "bowing" or "weird toilets", but seriously, if you ever stop to look at what people put out there to get their point across you gotta wonder: "What were they thinking?!?" Like how in Canada there can be a maximum of 90 trucks falling from the sky at any given moment:
Watch your head!

Or how it's illegal to have any fun at all in Yellowstone Park:


And that for some strange reason there is a clown juggling while riding a unicycle over rough terrain ahead:


But the pikachu-factor and English translations put Japan's signs over the top!
This sign is right in front of a parking stall, I think it is advising you not to ram your car into a wall after being rear-ended:


One thing I learned, in case of any Emergency: Flee Left!


What a frog, elephant, or family of turtles have to do with road construction I have absolutely no idea, but I guess they get the point across...










And if you fall in the shark tank, flee right! (look at the back wall)

(that is if you remember where that is while being eaten by sharks)

Pictured below is an actual toilet. Instructions on the water tank, but only in Japanese...

Subliminal message - "Don't use this thing you crazy American! If you do people might think it's 'normal' and we're trying to get rid of these things!!!!"

Interesting storefronts.


And before you leave, be sure to check with accounting.

Japanese accountants make minimum wage. Best to stay in America, Matt.

5 comments:

Ryan said...

My favorite is still that one with the misspelling in the mountains above Soda, remember? I can't remember what it was trying to say, exactly, but it left me very unimpressed with the education that IDOT workers receive.

Becca and Colby said...

What about Canada's noble deer ahead signs? or did you prefer the primitive ones?

James said...
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James said...

Lets try this a gain (blogging is hard for me; Ahh technology!). Are those sperm by the frog on the sign?

Matthew said...

Thanks for the advice Brad-o. You got me laughing out loud while Britt was trying to sleep. Those Canadians are crazy (except Becca - she's SUPER crazy). That juggling clown will never be beaten! Remember "Left car dies?" Mexico has some great ones too. I'll have to take pictures next time I go down.