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Interesting sign

Wife and I are currently in Tokyo visiting Daughter, and near her apartment is this wonderful sign. It’s obviously been done by a translation machine without too much human intervention.

I’m sure many of the things I’ve written to friends in Japanese have been the source of great mirth to them, so I can hardly be pointing the finger too much, but I thought this sign was special.


In case you were wondering, it’s a sign indicating a bicycle parking area for people using this particular facility (a public library), but the English version would require a fair bit of guesswork if the bicycle line drawing on the right wasn’t there.

In it, the last three characters (
駐輪場 chū-rin-jō) in that compound mean a bicycle parking area, but individually they mean “stop”, “wheel” and “place” — hence the English in the sign.

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