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
faulty wiring
10 years ago

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

Algernon
Algernon
10 years ago

You might wake the sleeping grass

AspieSincerity
10 years ago

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

Jellychop
Jellychop
10 years ago

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

faulty wiring
faulty wiring
10 years ago

…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
Tong
10 years ago

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

xila31
xila31
10 years ago

Notice: confusing tourists is fun!

iLock
iLock
10 years ago

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

coffeebot
coffeebot
10 years ago

Arigato.

I.. said… ARIGATO.

Chris
Chris
10 years ago

@ coffeebot: Iye. Do itashimashte.

Eccekio
Eccekio
10 years ago

Hai!!

Big Fat Cat
Big Fat Cat
10 years ago

Sanyonara!

DrLex
DrLex
10 years ago

いえ, けっこうです。

dane
dane
10 years ago

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

jjhitt
jjhitt
10 years ago

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

Grifter
Grifter
10 years ago

Well that was certainly Lost in Translation.

Eccekio
Eccekio
10 years ago

Wakarimasen!

samuel
samuel
10 years ago

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
Darth Na'vi
10 years ago

Welcome to My Life In Japan!

Tom P.
Tom P.
10 years ago

分野の不発の爆弾か。

d17nk
d17nk
10 years ago

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

Seventy2rd o clock
Seventy2rd o clock
10 years ago

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.
Yoshi N.
10 years ago

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
Kitsune
10 years ago

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
DrZos
10 years ago

Now, don’t make me say this again!!!

the kid
the kid
10 years ago

はじめまして。

Anon
Anon
10 years ago

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

dushef
dushef
10 years ago

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

Seventy2rd o clock
Seventy2rd o clock
10 years ago

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

scars
scars
10 years ago

Gracias, adios!

Cami
Cami
10 years ago

“Oh, no problem. It’s very clear”

Ruuku
Ruuku
10 years ago

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

iLock
iLock
8 years ago

The sign just wants you to notice it.

Cindi
Cindi
8 years ago

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
Jerome
7 years ago

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
Sa
6 years ago

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

Newbie
Newbie
5 years ago

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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