June 11, 2009

Signs Signs Everywhere the Signs...

We have seen lots of hilarious signs over here in Japan. (Although the Japanese "Engrish" has become less funny to us as we have learned Hiragana and Katakana, some of these still crack us up.)

Some examples:

But this next one has got to be up there as one of our favorites. Toilets are kind of a funny thing in Japan. On the one hand, as you may know, they have some pretty fancy toilet seats over here - warm your butt, spray, and may do all sorts of other fancy things. But there is also a dark- low-tech side to the Japanese toilet experience. Namely, the squatters (or "squatty potties," as some may call them). You often find these in more rural areas. Last weekend, when we were hiking in Inari, we came across this instructional sign on proper toilet use in the bathroom.

We shudder to think what must have happened to cause them to think - "Alright, I guess we better put this sign in there"!!

1 comment:

jackaw said...

11There's been a book on doing your thing in the woods -- remember? -- and you could do one on bathrooms for the traveler: how to get the most for your yen, so to speak.