Failure to understand Japanese is no excuse

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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faulty wiring
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faulty wiring

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

Algernon
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Algernon

You might wake the sleeping grass

AspieSincerity
Guest

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

Jellychop
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Jellychop

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

faulty wiring
Guest
faulty wiring

…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…

Tong
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Tong

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

xila31
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xila31

Notice: confusing tourists is fun!

iLock
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iLock

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

coffeebot
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coffeebot

Arigato.

I.. said… ARIGATO.

Chris
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Chris

@ coffeebot: Iye. Do itashimashte.

Eccekio
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Eccekio

Hai!!

Big Fat Cat
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Big Fat Cat

Sanyonara!

DrLex
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DrLex

いえ, けっこうです。

dane
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dane

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

jjhitt
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jjhitt

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

Grifter
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Grifter

Well that was certainly Lost in Translation.

Eccekio
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Eccekio

Wakarimasen!

samuel
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samuel

我也会说一点儿汉语,谢谢。 我没懂日语, 谢谢。 你懂不懂? 

Darth Na'vi
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Darth Na'vi

Welcome to My Life In Japan!

Tom P.
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Tom P.

分野の不発の爆弾か。

d17nk
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d17nk

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

Seventy2rd o clock
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Seventy2rd o clock

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)…

Yoshi N.
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Yoshi N.

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 (^_−)−☆

Kitsune
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Kitsune

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

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

DrZos
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DrZos

Now, don’t make me say this again!!!

the kid
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the kid

はじめまして。

Anon
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Anon

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

dushef
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dushef

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

Seventy2rd o clock
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Seventy2rd o clock

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

scars
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scars

Gracias, adios!

Cami
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Cami

“Oh, no problem. It’s very clear”

Ruuku
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Ruuku

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

iLock
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iLock

The sign just wants you to notice it.

Cindi
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Cindi

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?

Jerome
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Jerome

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.

Sa
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Sa

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

Newbie
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Newbie

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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