Friday, July 13, 2012

Foreign Friday - Guest Post

Today, Sheila shares photos of some interesting signs she saw while she was in Japan. Obviously, some meanings get lost in the translation.
Airport Water Fountain
I can't remember the last time I saw anyone gargling
at a water fountain, but evidently, that is frowned upon
in Japan. (click photo to enlarge)
Airport Luggage Carts


  1. I will try not to gargle there anymore!

  2. I try not to use public fountains anyway... but gargling?! Really?

  3. The combination of cultural differences and English translations make for some amusing signs. At least the message came across, which is more than I could say if I were trying to communicate in Japanese.

    My personal favorite sign in Japan was one on a train, advising riders to take only one seat. Stick figures illustrated that passengers were to ride with legs together, not wide-spread, in order to give everyone room. I wish I had taken a photo of it.

  4. Well if you gargle you usually have to maybe that was the polite way of saying no spitting:)


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