Now it is already December, and I am hopeful for 2009. So I want to show you one of my favorite signs. I attached the photo. I found it at the road side on the way to Tayama Katai Museum of Literature near the Azalea Park. You see only one white azalea flower on the photo, but… the sign says,
Flowers, Look Only
Photos, Take Only
Another sign I like, I found it at the small library of the Department of Defense near Shinagawa Station. After I researched my great grandfather’s name in the Russo-Japan-War records, I went to the bathroom and saw a small computer-printed sign above each faucet. It said, “Water is Money!” I was impressed by the spirit of the sign because their toilet fixtures were Japanese squat type, the sign was in English, and it was in Gothic font, not Arial or Times New Roman. The message looked classic and watery. What an artist! And the sentence was not erroneous and made sense. To make correct English signs is hard for us. In addition, it was short and right to the point, and I understood where the sentence idea came from. “Time is Money “was an utmost important Japanese motto of the last century. I didn’t take a photo because it would be a tacky thing to do in a bathroom. Besides, the place was the Department of Defense!
I thought about the authors. They are great.
Please let me know your favorite signs and why you like them.