Thursday, December 4, 2014

Signs of life

Some signs are obvious, even when written in Japanese. For instance, "please take off your shoes." That's pretty clear.

And "Merry Christmas," in this primarily Shinto/Buddhist country, really grabs your attention (and I love the hat on the snowman). But the florist apparently had a lot of autumn items still around, creating a jarring effect. Nothing says "Christmas" quite like a big orange pumpkin!

And finally, the sign in the third photo (click to enlarge), clearly means keep your dog on a leash and don't leave dog poop on the ground. But when I initially glanced at it, my first thoughts were "don't poke dogs with a stick" and "watch out for radioactive doo-doo!"

Yup. The clueless and easily amused American visits Japan . . .

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