Collection of Japanese signs

We’re just back from a couple of very enjoyable weeks in Japan and I’ll post several stories from our trip on here in the coming weeks. For now I thought I’d quickly share some of the funny Japanese signs and strange English translations we encountered on our way around the country.

I should stress that the fact that signs are in English at all is a great help, especially in a country with so few English speakers and still a largely domestic tourist market. And the translations, funny as they are, do ensure that the signs get more attention than they would otherwise receive. Perhaps it’s all part of a very clever plan…

Vigorously a good sign

Vigorously a good sign

Cow cross a street - this street in particular

Cow cross a street – this street in particular

Nobody likes a crowed room

Nobody likes a crowed room

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Google Translate at its finest?

I decided I probably shouldn't have been there

I decided I probably shouldn’t have been there

No entry for big-footed people - again, I decided I shouldn't have been there

No entry for big-footed people – again, I decided I shouldn’t have been there

No gender stereotyping here - none at all

No gender stereotyping here – none at all

Logic you can't argue with

Logic you can’t argue with

Danger - do not hold giant  mobile phones near the railway tracks.

Danger – do not hold giant mobile phones near the railway tracks.

The whole of northern Japan was a Play with Snow area

The whole of northern Japan was a Play with Snow area

Given the size of the icicles, the exclamation marks are fully justified

Given the size of the icicles, the exclamation marks are fully justified

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One Response to “Collection of Japanese signs”

  1. I just love sign when traveling. I post pics of them all the time. This is a great collection, especially with the English translations…fantastic!

    March 14, 2014 at 9:45 pm