Throwback Thursday: Lost In Translation


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Hi there! For today’s TBT we’re going back in time exactly one year - to Tokyo in September 2015. 

One thing that I love about travelling is to experience new things, imerse myself in a new culture, and eventually see the world with new eyes. The more ”exotic” (different) the country, the better; and a  different alphabet is a bonus. It always makes me wonder about what I see around me.

I shot the image above in the Tokyo underground, and to this day I’m still trying to figure out what this cute doggie is advertising. Going back to school? A new, revolutionary, pet book? How to train your dog? Or something completely unrelated, say a telecom service? Japanese are pretty good at ”cutifying” everyday stuff, so who knows? Cute dog anyway, which is what attracted my attention in the first place :-).


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What about this one? It looks like some kind of service. Your guess is as good as mine. Again, pretty cute, huh?


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I LOVE browsing through magazines and newspapers when I’m abroad. I’m fascinated by the ones with no pictures on the cover, as there’s really no clue to what they are about. 


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Hey, this is one magazine I can ”read" ha, ha!


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And then the shops, oh my! And the vending machines that are everywhere ...


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These looks like soft drinks. But as figuring out which  is plain and which is sparkling, or what flavor it is - I go by trial and error. Once I identified the right bottle, I’d take a picture with my phone and then check it when it’s time for a new drink again. Here, free tips! You’re welcome!


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I love these menus you can see in the streets, with pictures of the various courses or simply dummies (they’re made of plast, not real food) - just point to what you want to have and smile :-). Easy-peasy!


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This one is easy - don’t climb on the bridge rail. Very Japanese-cute. I wonder what it says though, in so many words … don’t climb the rail, it’s dangerous? You are going to be fined? Go to prison? No karaoke for three months?


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And what about this one in the Tokyo main railway station? So self-explanatory and cute … notice the one tear on the little girl’s cheek?


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Wow, a lot of text for ”No smoking”!


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Some street variations on the ”No smoking”-theme. Japanese don’t smoke in the streets, i.e. when walking about, or eat - that’s considered very bad taste. If you see someone doing that. you can bet it’s a foreigner.


I’m preparing some more ”real” posts on Japan, stay tuned and have a great day! Looking forward to the week-end :-)? One more sleep (as the Aussie say), and we’re there!!


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