This statue of the Manneken Piss on the platform of JR Hamamatsu Station has been dressed up in a fire fighter’s uniform for the Spring Fire Prevention Campain.

This sign in the Yanaka District of Tokyo says “No thieves permitted beyond this point.”

This banner is advertising a graveyard. It struck me as odd to have the same type of festive advertisement that is used outside fast food restaurants.

This poster on a train in Osaka says, “Groping forbidden. Absolutely forbidden.” It’s written in Osaka dialect using the word “akan” which means the same as the standard “dame” (forbidden).

So, the price is 586,530,000 yen (about $US 5.1 million)?

Giant pylons.

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  1. toranosuke
    toranosuke says:

    Great stuff. I love how they dress up different statues for different occasions…

    That, and the “graveyard examination/observation field trips” sign.

    Not nearly as good as ドロボウ進入禁止、but one of my favorites that I came across myself is this one warning against chikan right in the middle of the street. On the train, where it’s crowded, it’s hard to see who’s doing it, or to move away, I can understand it happening (not that I’m exusing or condoning it in any way), but right in the middle of the right, in a really nice neighborhood like Azabu?

    I feel like I saw a sign in a similar neighborhood warning about bears. Bears? In the urban center of Tokyo? Really? .. But then, I may be misremembering or imagining it.

  2. Speak Japanese
    Speak Japanese says:

    Japanese signs are indeed amusing. I remember seeing one in the subway promoting “fatherhood”with the slogan in English. I can’t remember it now.

    Also, the smoking etiquette ones are a laugh, too. I love japan, but they communicate to the masses in some crazy ways.

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