As I mentioned in my earlier post, this week is dedicated to Japan. One thing I became obsessed with while visiting Tokyo were the signs. Mainly, I saw funny ones in parks and along busy streets, like this one:
Matt & I had a lot of fun trying to guess what they meant. My translation for this one was: “Don’t leave feces and trash lying around! It can be harmful to your pets!”
It seems like pets are a common theme…
I like how most of the street sign have people wearing hats!
Not only can you find a place to get your hair cut in Japan, but you’ll also feel right at home with a 7-11!
Although it’s not a sign, I couldn’t help but be enamored with the Japanese attention to detail. I first learned about their manhole covers from a Japanese quilting book a friend gave to me years before I went to Tokyo, entitled “Circles of the East” by Kumiko Sudo.
This artist’s take on Japanese manhole covers are extraordinary. Look at her gallery of quilts here.
And here’s what I happened to walk across one afternoon:
I love that something as simple as a sign or manhole cover can foster inspiration. Sometimes all it takes is seeing something with new eyes.
Take a look around you. What have YOU been overlooking?
For more information and history behind the artistic manhole covers, check out this article in The Japan Times. Very informative!