Weekly Photo Challenge:Signs

From the street signs we see on our commute to work each day to the random signs we come across during our travels, signs are functional, but can also be decorative or entertaining. Signs can direct us where to go, but they can be very confusing when translated wrongly or with a sense of humour.

Dont Hurt Me For Your Pretty
Dont Hurt Me For Your Pretty

I have come across a couple of different entertaining signs while travelling through Asia and the above one I found in China in one of the beautiful parks there.

Why can the fire escape not squeeze?
Why can the fire escape not squeeze?

Some signs are just confusing. Like the above one found in a hotel corridor next to the stairs and the one below found on a garbage can?!

Then what should I throw aeay?
Then what should I throw away?

One of my favourite signs is this sign I found along the path I walked through Miyajima Island in Japan. This shrine filled island is very peaceful and people were all strolling around and appreciating the peaceful atmosphere. I couldn’t imagine anybody being in a hurry while exploring this lovely island. But just in case you were, it was good to know that you could reach the ropeway station in 7 minutes if you were pressed for time!

Just in case you were in a hurry, you could reach the rope way station in 7 minutes....if you run a little!!
Just in case you were in a hurry, you could reach the rope way station in 7 minutes….if you run a little!!
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40 comments

  1. Those are classic!
    I am guessing “Don’t hurt me for your pretty” is something like “Keep the view beautiful; Don’t litter” or “If you enjoy how I look when I’m smiling, don’t upset me”. Probably a good idea either way. 🙂
    Vincent

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  2. Hitoshi had a good laugh with the last one. The first part says that if you walk slowly, you will get there in 10 minutes. The second half basically says that if you stroll slowly and happily and alternate that with random, spontaneous, quick dashes, you’ll arrive in 7 minutes. I liked the first one because the message is in stone!

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  3. Hi again! The Don’t Throw Away Garbage is a literal translation but it means to take your garbage with you since there’s no garbage bin. Hitoshi was also saying how that was an interesting sentence!

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    • It is true, that you do get the meaning after re-reading the sign, it is just that at first glance they are very confusing. I taught English for years and I understand how hard it is to translate things into English without losing the original meaning.

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