M: Japan Signs

In Japan there are lots of subways: Ginza line, Hibya line, Asakusa line and many more. In Japan they are very interested in keeping rules. Maybe it’s because there is so little space that people have to learn how to respect others’ space. I think people in Japan people are very creative and they communicate their rules with graphics. On subways there are signs to show people what not to do. I like collecting signs like cards similar to collecting cards from Pokémon or Magic the Game.

Here are some good ones to show you:

This mall sign says, “Make sure your dog stays inside its bag.”
There are lots of signs that don’t make sense to me like one with an evil cell phone guy

How about this pro tip: don’t jump into the train tracks.

This hedgehog is really cute.

This one warns people not to smoke near kids or yell loudly and make bikes crash. I think that maybe these signs are not really necessary. These are good ideas but people probably already know these things.

This is one of my favorite parts of the subways in Japan. I love Japan because they have creative ideas. Being in Japan teaches me how to respect other people’s space and not do the things on the signs. When I go back home I notice that we don’t have so many reminders about polite behaviors. Does this mean that Americans are ruder? Or maybe that Americans don’t have to be so worried about other people because we have more space? I think that we could improve our manners in public and do a better job taking care of other people.


6 thoughts on “M: Japan Signs

  1. Max, I love the signs. Some are funny as you say and don’t seem necessary as if you use common sense you would not do some of the things they are saying not to do.

    But, most of all, I love your idea about doing a better job of taking care of other people. The signs are all about people.

    Love you lots and miss you.

  2. Dear Max,
    Next time you are in Montreal, take a look at the road signs–they tell you what to do instead of what not to do like in the US. For example in Mtl you might come to an intersection with a green arrow pointed forward and to the right. In the US to communicate the same thing we use an arrow to the left with a red “not” sign through it. What do you think about that?
    Thanks for sharing your observations!

  3. Dear Max,
    Hello Max! How are you doing over there? I need to ask you a question ( and then his mom says ” You’re not going to ask about Minecraft” “What?” with a disturbed look Addy says….
    Is the rice good in Japan? Lucky!
    Your best bud,

  4. Dear Addy-
    It’s nice to hear from you! The rice is great here! Everybody here eats sticky rice– which is rice that is steamed in a bamboo basket over coals. People don’t use silverware or chopsticks. Instead they use their hands and a little bit of sticky rice like a piece of bread to hold the food. I went to a cooking class yesterday and made a desert with purple rice and coconut milk. So delicious. I miss you and hope to hear again from you soon!

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