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Odd Thing #16: Hats

10 November 2010

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Odd Thing #16: Hats

It seems to be an unbreakable rule in Japan: Whenever you see a group of schoolkids outside of their actual school, they will be wearing identical hats. / / / /Presumably this is so they can keep track of the kids more easily, and/or it’s just a school uniform thing. / / / / / […]

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Odd Thing #15: Watch your knees

10 November 2010

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Odd Thing #15: Watch your knees

I found this in a train station near the escalator. I think the intended message is “don’t run on the escalator”. But the message I’m getting here is “don’t jump knee-first into a giant razor blade”. / / / /Good to know. / / / /– / / / /Image credit: / / / /http://www.flickr.com/photos/bekathwia/833394660/sizes/z/in/photostream/

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Odd Thing #14: Dinosaurs

8 November 2010

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Odd Thing #14: Dinosaurs

I saw this at Gakugei. No idea what’s going on: / / / / / / / / / / / /– / / / /Image credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottkinmartin/457428714/sizes/z/in/photostream/ / /

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Odd Thing #13: A place for pets

3 November 2010

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Odd Thing #13: A place for pets

Sometimes, near a row of trash cans, you’ll see something like this: / / / / But despite appearances, this is not a convenient place to stash your dog, cat or parakeet. / /”Pet” in this case derives from “petroleum”, as in oil, which is the main ingredient in standard plastic bottles. So “pet” means […]

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Odd Thing #12: Obscure Associations

27 October 2010

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Odd Thing #12: Obscure Associations

What I found in the post office

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Odd Thing #11: Bumpy Yellow Lines

21 October 2010

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Odd Thing #11: Bumpy Yellow Lines

Many places, primarily train stations, are covered with these bumpy yellow lines: / / / / Normally the lines have long straight bumps. But at important places (like where lines intersect, or if you’re coming up to a slope or the end of the train platform) there are circular bumps instead. / /It took me […]

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Odd Thing #10: Trustworthy Carnivores

14 October 2010

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Odd Thing #10: Trustworthy Carnivores

There is a baseball team in Japan called the Lions. (At least, I’m pretty sure there is) / / / /There is a poster I’ve seen recently advertising this team. The intended message of the poster is presumably “I’m a Lions fan, and I believe that the Lions will do well in their future athletic […]

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Odd Thing #9: Musical Garbage Truck

29 August 2010

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Odd Thing #9: Musical Garbage Truck

In Japan, the garbage trucks sound like ice cream trucks: / / / / — / / Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/acesolidwaste/4668955665/

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Odd Thing #8: Giant Sticks

6 August 2010

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Odd Thing #8: Giant Sticks

It’s something I’ve never understood: People walking around with Giant Sticks. I don’t see them all the time, but when I do I try to get a picture. Sometimes I don’t manage to, because the person gets on a train or something, so keep in mind that I’ve seen even more giant sticks than I’ve […]

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Odd Thing #7: Edelweiss

17 July 2010

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Odd Thing #7: Edelweiss

You may remember a famous musical called “The Sound of Music”: / / / /It’s about a nun-in-training who becomes a nanny for a large family, teaches them to sing and restores their happiness. It also concerns the geopolitical events involving Austria and Germany on the eve of World War II. The musical features a […]

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