Failure to understand Japanese is no excuse

posted on 22 Mar 2011 in Signs

That’s not even the funniest part! The back side says ロープの外側に戻れ!

Sign says: ‘Danger – do not enter within these limits’.
Photo courtesy of Keith Bower.
Found in Kyoto, Japan.

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  1. faulty wiring | 4:05 am |  Vote: Add rating 16  Subtract rating 0  

    Yeah! It’s so true! I did that once and the swelling took weeks to settle down.

  2. Algernon | 4:15 am |  Vote: Add rating 11  Subtract rating 0  

    You might wake the sleeping grass

  3. AspieSincerity | 4:31 am |  Vote: Add rating 7  Subtract rating 1  

    I’m telling you, there’s no way you could do that if it were purple.

  4. Jellychop | 4:53 am |  Vote: Add rating 1  Subtract rating 1  

    If you can understand it’s a notice, you pass!

  5. faulty wiring | 4:54 am |  Vote: Add rating 54  Subtract rating 1  

    …And in other news, 32 more foolish Westerners were arrested in downtown Tokyo for failing to heed clearly written public notices, bringing the total number charged this year to 7296. Authorities are increasingly frustrated by the brazen and ongoing disregard for rules, which are posted at strategic locations around the city and make use of size 36 Yokohama font. Possible countermeasures under discussion include electricity and killer bees. Now to the weather…

  6. Tong | 5:06 am |  Vote: Add rating 24  Subtract rating 0  

    Oh, yeah, I understand! Green means go, it is international.

  7. xila31 | 5:50 am |  Vote: Add rating 19  Subtract rating 0  

    Notice: confusing tourists is fun!

  8. iLock | 5:51 am |  Vote: Add rating 3  Subtract rating 1  

    I think the nijojo office is a bit xenophobic is you ask me, trying to put foreigners’ lives in danger like that.

  9. coffeebot | 6:47 am |  Vote: Add rating 6  Subtract rating 0  

    Arigato.

    I.. said… ARIGATO.

  10. Chris | 7:16 am |  Vote: Add rating 1  Subtract rating 1  

    @ coffeebot: Iye. Do itashimashte.

  11. Eccekio | 8:38 am |  Vote: Add rating 0  Subtract rating 2  

    Hai!!

  12. Big Fat Cat | 10:05 am |  Vote: Add rating 0  Subtract rating 1  

    Sanyonara!

  13. DrLex | 10:10 am |  Vote: Add rating 3  Subtract rating 1  

    いえ, けっこうです。

  14. dane | 10:22 am |  Vote: Add rating 3  Subtract rating 0  

    Well, I’m glad that’s been cleared up…

  15. jjhitt | 10:48 am |  Vote: Add rating 4  Subtract rating 0  

    From the folks who brought you “You Are Here” markers.

  16. Grifter | 1:26 pm |  Vote: Add rating 1  Subtract rating 2  

    Well that was certainly Lost in Translation.

  17. Eccekio | 1:31 pm |  Vote: Add rating 1  Subtract rating 2  

    Wakarimasen!

  18. samuel | 2:16 pm |  Vote: Add rating 0  Subtract rating 2  

    我也会说一点儿汉语,谢谢。 我没懂日语, 谢谢。 你懂不懂? 

  19. Darth Na'vi | 2:31 pm |  Vote: Add rating 1  Subtract rating 0  

    Welcome to My Life In Japan!

  20. Tom P. | 4:11 pm |  Vote: Add rating 0  Subtract rating 2  

    分野の不発の爆弾か。

  21. d17nk | 4:25 pm |  Vote: Add rating 3  Subtract rating 0  

    look at the bright side, at least they didn’t say “Thank You” in Japanese

  22. Seventy2rd o clock | 5:47 pm |  Vote: Add rating 2  Subtract rating 0  

    This is really smart way of putting notices on signs. Simply: the back side notice explains everything!

    It’s weird though – the other side of green area (one can see it from this side since it’s partly transparent) would read something like ‘moc.hsirgnE’ (flipped)…

  23. Yoshi N. | 6:06 pm |  Vote: Add rating 4  Subtract rating 0  

    This could be a heartwarming advice and/or a snooty warning from Kyoto people for foreigners to learn Japanese before they even think about coming to Japan (^_−)−☆

  24. Kitsune | 8:07 pm |  Vote: Add rating 0  Subtract rating 3  

    Before I went to my Japan… my friends taught me one phrase…

    “Okee Opie dess neh” I never got a chance to use it.

  25. DrZos | 3:06 am |  Vote: Add rating 1  Subtract rating 0  

    Now, don’t make me say this again!!!

  26. the kid | 4:25 pm |  Vote: Add rating 0  Subtract rating 0  

    はじめまして。

  27. Anon | 2:51 am |  Vote: Add rating 0  Subtract rating 1  

    No really, the message soaks in after you stare at it for a few hours.

  28. dushef | 1:38 pm |  Vote: Add rating 5  Subtract rating 0  

    A rope is a universal signal for stay the hell out!

  29. Seventy2rd o clock | 2:22 pm |  Vote: Add rating 3  Subtract rating 0  

    ‘You’re welcome, but I don’t think I understand my understanding…’

  30. scars | 8:39 pm |  Vote: Add rating 0  Subtract rating 0  

    Gracias, adios!

  31. Cami | 9:16 pm |  Vote: Add rating 2  Subtract rating 0  

    “Oh, no problem. It’s very clear”

  32. Ruuku | 1:50 pm |  Vote: Add rating 2  Subtract rating 0  

    I don’t get it? what did I understand?

  33. iLock | 2:54 am |  Vote: Add rating 3  Subtract rating 0  

    The sign just wants you to notice it.

  34. Cindi | 12:13 am |  Vote: Add rating 1  Subtract rating 0  

    Not all’s lost though. Anyone who can read Chinese will figure out bt the first 2 words its mildly dangerous, which makes you want to cross that line even more, doesn’t it?

  35. Jerome | 7:01 am |  Vote: Add rating 2  Subtract rating 0  

    Vice versa; the locals can’t understand the English part also, no? When they read the sign it just tells them to stay out without any apology, which from what I know goes contrary to their culture.

  36. Sa | 8:14 pm |  Vote: Add rating 1  Subtract rating 0  

    Those reading in Japanese shall not be thanked for their understanding.

  37. Newbie | 11:13 pm |  Vote: Add rating 4  Subtract rating 0  

    Dear foreigners and travelers, No, we will not rewrite every sign so you don’t have to learn our language! Just learn our language! Sincerely, Japan

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