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Signs of the Pacific Islands

rain 17 °C

The Japanese are masters at catering to every eventuality. Nothing is left to chance and, because it frequently rains in Japan, umbrellas are always at the ready. Hotels, restaurants and even some stores, freely hand over umbrellas to departing customers to ward off an unanticipated shower, and the tourist information office at Kanazawa station had a whole stand to choose from…
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But the Japanese don’t stop at thoughtfully providing services for human visitors. There are always accessible toilets for handicapped people so why shouldn’t there be special toilets for the dogs that assist them…
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Much of our trip through the wilds of New Zealand and Australia focused on the wildlife and we were frequently amused by the many road signs directed towards these creatures. For example: we couldn’t understand why penguins needed to be told to go slowly…
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Or why ducks need to be guided to a parking place…
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Although this sign sensibly suggests to koalas that they should keep to the treetops…
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Drive-through car washes are as common downunder as they are in Canada but we have never previously come across run-through pet washes…
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However, we don’t know who determines what a ‘Select Pet’ is. Would Donald Trump’s hair qualify? Just asking!!

We are often amused by signs in foreign countries. For instance we wonder what kind of person takes a caged animal out for lunch at this Japanese restaurant…
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And are the kangaroos in Nelson Bay dangerous opponents on the bowling green – or just downright dangerous?
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We are now in Tokyo and after successfully dodging storms and showers for the past 11 weeks we have finally run into some rain. Fortunately the hotel has given us umbrellas so we are off sightseeing. Tonight we join the Ninjas for dinner – this should be entertaining. See you soon.

Posted by Hawkson 23:14 Archived in Japan

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You people can surly find some funny things to show us. Is the Ninja an animal...oh boy you keep us laughing...love

by Jean McLaren

That is some machine. It has more options than a Co-0p car wash. I note the Flea Rx. Hopefully "Select" is used as an adjective. I can't imagine putting a cat in that thing.

by R and B

Cannot imagine pets wanting to go through the pet wash. Was there anything for tourists with sore feet (a heat and massage kiosk)?

by Sue Fitzwilson

well I have certainly learned a lot here.

by Janet

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