Much has been made of Japan’s culture, which is why you’ll only find such a polite yet peculiar sign in Japan. Elsewhere, you would be most likely greeted with a sign that read “Please aim in the toilet and clean up after yourself”. But no, these guys are kindly asking you “urinate with precision and elegance.”
It seems like a fair request, it is in Japan after all, where the highest goal is not distinction, but synthesis and harmony. There’s a Japanese proverb that goes: “The nail that sticks out gets hammered down.” Japan’s collectivist society values group harmony and unity more than the desires of the individual, like um, some other cultures we know.
Save Me a Seat
Remember when you were a kid and you asked your best friend to save you a seat so that you wouldn’t end up sitting alone? This is the same thing only for the elderly. We never grow out of wanting to sit next to our own kind, apparently.
This restaurant obviously knows its clientele and has marked their territory with this hilarious sign. The good people around this table with their cups of coffee seem like they have been sitting there since the beginning of time. We just hope this doesn’t bother other customers and make them start thinking about passing any gas while they’re eating.
Aren't You Happy to Be Home, Mom?
Thank god these kids are as cute as they are because coming home to do laundry is probably not what this mom had in mind. However, it was extremely adorable of them to make a welcome home sign by themselves (judging by the garbage truck and tractor drawing on the sign).
In fact, it was so important for them to greet their mom that they even went commando! And hey, they just wanted to let mommy know about the current state of affairs at home — which is that daddy apparently couldn't figure out how to work a washing machine.
Sad But True
Sadly, the world does seem like a post-apocalyptic tale sometimes, and these guys decided to get a laugh out of it, at least. When the news you see on TV makes you want to blast yourself into the nearest black hole, it might be worth skipping that seven o'clock broadcast altogether and go read a book instead.
Except you probably won't find the right kind of book to escape into at this bookstore. At least not in the post-apocalyptic fiction section. Though, to be honest, post-apocalyptic fiction doesn't sound like something one might want to escape into. We're always up for some dark humor, and this sign does exactly that.
Calm Under Pressure
Isn't it insane that people can go on hikes in places where there are loose apex predators? Sure, taking a walk in nature can be nice and relaxing, but it becomes a tad less so when you know there's an actual chance for you to meet a puma. Hopefully, if a wild animal attacks it will be more like Seth Green in “Without a Paddle” than Leonardo De Caprio in “The Revenant.”
But real life isn’t like the movies and this sign has important information that even a real wildlife expert should take to heart. Although truthfully, reading a sign and thinking that you know what to do is completely different than standing in front of a lion and trying to actually do it.