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Beware of chikan with claws

Even though Japan is generally such an orderly country, there are many warning signs telling people how to be careful and how to behave.  I found this sign at the entrance to Kita-in Temple in Kawagoe last weekend.  It says to be careful of chikan (perverts) and bag snatchers – but apparently, only the ones with sharp claws.  It’s good to see community minded people warning us all of local dangers. (more…)

Good behaviour in the park and other signs

It’s the beginning of summer, so what better way to spend a nice balmy evening than the local park?  We all want to let off some fireworks, eat some watermelon and have a BBQ.  But not all parks are friendly towards these activities.  There’s nothing like a good warning sign telling us what to do, and this one comes complete with cute pictures. (more…)

Warning signs on the subway

Warning signs are rife in Tokyo, and I’ve taken on a curious fascination with them.  They’re an indicator of how society (or at least authority) expects people to behave, and what behaviour is perceived to require addressing!  (more…)

Clash might lead to a crash?

Clash leads to crash! Actually, it’s not an “L” sound and “R” sound error – just a bad translation of “shototsu” (衝突), which means “collision” – or perhaps “clash”.  (more…)

Please use your piston outside

It’s official:  please use your piston outside.  The Tokyo Metro’s own manners campaign currently has distinctively rude connotations! (more…)

Takatori-cho

Let’s help preserve the old streetscape and prevent fires! (more…)

How to put on a kasa condom

When it rains in Japan, many shops expect people to slide their umbrellas into a plastic sleeve provided at the door, to stop puddles of water on the floor. (more…)

Don’t make a dog pee here

Seen recently when out walking around Shibuya. (more…)

Subway manners campaign

“Please do it on the mountain” OK, I will. (more…)