Warning! Leering Demon Hand Zone!

Lest you think that people in the US are uniquely alarmist about threats to Chiiiiillllllldrruuuun, a picture from last summer’s trip to Japan:

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I have absolutely no idea what that says, but it sure is lurid.

Comments

  1. #1 Janne
    April 24, 2008

    Not that it really matters, but:

    “Not allowed! Suspicious people, Degenerates!!”

    Then (from right to left, and becoming very awkward for a straight translation):

    “Community, look after the community children!!”

    The small red text on the left:

    “We are looking after the community children. Criminals are not allowed!!”

    The bottom text seems to suggest this is a neighbourhood watch kind of poster, aimed at the residents. Pretty overwrought. Could I guess this was in a fairly rural or semi-rural area? It has that small-town claustrophobic feeling to it.

  2. #2 Kate Nepveu
    April 24, 2008

    No, it was in Kyoto, on a back street somewhere between Ginkakuji and Marutamachi-dori.

  3. #3 Kate Nepveu
    April 24, 2008

    Oh yes–thanks for the translation. Sorry I forgot to say that earlier.

  4. #4 Janne
    April 24, 2008

    Well, if you’d ask my wife who is from nearby Osaka she’d think describing Kyoto as a claustrophobic small town would be perfectly appropriate. :)

    But yes, it has the feeling of a very local (and rather amateurish – look at the illustration) thing; a neighbourhood watch on that block or something like it.

  5. #5 Aerik
    April 24, 2008

    Apparently you were about to enter a dungeon from the original Legend of Zelda on NES

  6. #6 Colin M
    April 24, 2008

    I love Japanese signage. :) I saw a very similar sign once in a residential district maybe 20 minutes out of Tokyo. However the sign that I saw had a Spy vs. Spy lookalike kidnapping a boy and girl, not a giant devil hand.

    Didn’t take a picture of that one, but I do have a couple pictures of something that’s apparently “this water will eat your children”:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/colinmcmillen/491494925/in/set-72157600198141998/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/colinmcmillen/491675694/in/set-72157600198141998/

  7. #7 Colin M
    April 24, 2008

    I love Japanese signage. :) I saw a very similar sign once in a residential district maybe 20 minutes out of Tokyo. However the sign that I saw had a Spy vs. Spy lookalike kidnapping a boy and girl, not a giant devil hand.

    Didn’t take a picture of that one, but I do have a couple pictures of something that’s apparently “this water will eat your children”:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/colinmcmillen/491494925/in/set-72157600198141998/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/colinmcmillen/491675694/in/set-72157600198141998/

  8. #8 Colin M
    April 24, 2008

    Doh, sorry for double post. The first attempt gave me a “500 Internal Server Error” message, so I tried again. Apparently I didn’t need to.

  9. #9 tincture
    April 25, 2008

    I love that poster! Japan has the best signs.