Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Submit a Japanese Sign

The moment you've been waiting for has come. I'm opening the floor to anyone with a worthy Japanese sign. Send me your pictures, captioned or not, and I'll put them up. I'll try not to put signs up which are already on the site, or too similar to something on the site, or not very useful. Also, if I don't put your sign up straight away it's because I'm lazy or busy, or perhaps I secretly hate you and your superior sign finding ability.

My email address is shown below, as an image to avoid spam.

Any format is fine, if you want to caption it try the format shown below:

-Original kanji containing sentence
-Hiragana and/or katakana reading
-English translation

An example:

Height limit 2.0 metres or less.

I'll check any captions I get, I won't post blindly. Of course, if I make a mistake, please let me know in the comments so we can get it fixed up and avoid misleading anyone. So far people have been very generous in pointing out errors and typos and I appreciate it.

I will be altering and posting these pics for everyone to copy and use as they see fit. If you don't want your picture distributed freely on the internet, then don't send it.

Have at it.

Money Exchange

Money exchange

These are all from Narita airport. Not many people fly in to Haneda, even though it's closer to the centre of Tokyo.


Terminal 2 arrivals.

Also at Narita. I had to crop the English underneath this to enhance it's educational value for you, the reader.


Terminal 2 departures.

At Narita.

Closed Shop


They've added the しました although they could have done without it. It's a bit like saying 'we have closed our shop', instead of just describing it as 'closed'.

Lottery Tickets


Middle-aged ladies always seem to man these lottery ticket booths. Perhaps older ladies are lucky in Japan. Middle-aged women also have a monopoly on illegal money changing conducted in the street. Go to Shibuya and walk into the main mall street and you can see them standing around next to the Yakuza and arubaito, waiting for business. Maybe they are Yak mums.