Travel File: Japanese Streets

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:

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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…

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I like how most of the street sign have people wearing hats!

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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!

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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.

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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:

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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!

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