‘Watch others when washing’: Japan unveils 26 new tourist signs

‘Watch others when washing’: Japan unveils 26 new tourist signs

TOKYO — There’s nothing more frustrating to a traveller than arriving in a new country and not being able to understand local signage. But Japan, already known for its innovation and love of all things quirky, is going above and beyond to ensure this age-old problem is finally put to rest.

Hot on the heels of another campaign that attempted to teach tourists how to properly use local toilets, the ‘Ten ways to make travellers happy’ campaign has been rolled out across the Iawate Prefecture and includes 26 signs that better explain local rules and guidelines. Like modern-day hieroglyphs, the signs include basic caricatures that are witty, culturally sensitive and reflect the Japanese’s penchant for laugh-out-loud humour.

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‘Watch others when washing’: Japan unveils 26 new tourist signs

Japan is rolling out new signs to help tourists. Image: Morioka Regional Development Bureau

‘Watch others when washing’: Japan unveils 26 new tourist signs

Japan is rolling out new signs to help tourists. Image: Morioka Regional Development Bureau

‘Watch others when washing’: Japan unveils 26 new tourist signs

Japan is rolling out new signs to help tourists. Image: Morioka Regional Development Bureau

‘Watch others when washing’: Japan unveils 26 new tourist signs

Japan is rolling out new signs to help tourists. Image: Morioka Regional Development Bureau

‘Watch others when washing’: Japan unveils 26 new tourist signs

Japan is rolling out new signs to help tourists. Image: Morioka Regional Development Bureau

‘Watch others when washing’: Japan unveils 26 new tourist signs

Japan is rolling out new signs to help tourists. Image: Morioka Regional Development Bureau

‘Watch others when washing’: Japan unveils 26 new tourist signs

Japan is rolling out new signs to help tourists. Image: Morioka Regional Development Bureau