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Thursday, 26-Aug-2004 00:00 Email | Share | Bookmark
Nippon ReVisited : ~ Kanban ~

Dowaa ni gochuui (they keep crabs at Kansai Airport..hehe)..
..Darling, can't u see? I am just behind you !..
..Free Drink ! I aint talkin about tap water..
..Bring a drink into the elevator & u might ruin others' day ...
..UDON, Japanese thick noodle..
..Dont let your engine running while waiting inside the car...
..if u think u r a man, stay away or risk getting stared..
..Chikan ! Watch out ! Call 110 (police) for assistance..
..We take good care of the grass (Kourakuen, Okayama City)..
..SMS while driving is good for an endless misery..
..some road sign at a junction in Kagawa-ken...
Shinkansen? Go down pliz...
..Viking? No, not the people but refers to the buffet thing..
..No alcohol for minor (below than 20 yrs old)..
..That much of Rambutan for 280 yen (RM10) ..
..Discover West ! No, not Western countries but Western Japan..
..some descriptions about the Bullet Train on every seat..
..The newest Shinkansen (Bullet Train) 700 series...
"Kanban" is Japanese word for emmm.. something like "notice board" or "sign board" or "poster" or simply, a thing which we used to express something in public in either written words or pictorial... At least that what I think it means..emm..any other much more accurate definition? Well, I found "kanban" in Japan very interesting especially when it comes to how they advertise, give warnings, express emotions etc through very creative ways and mediums... At least people wont get bored looking at countless of "kanban"s around them !

*Dowaa ni gochuui = Be careful with the door
*Chikan = sexual harrasment, molest ; if you can read Katakana, you will realise that the word "chikan" often written in Katakana is almost everywhere, from public transportations to quiet back alleys, ie it sounds quite serious yet "funny" in a way.. hehhe..
*On driving while on the phone, Japan just enforced a law banning handphone while driving starting this October 2004, offenders will have to pay 8000 yen (RM 250)..
*Train services in Japan big cities started to introduce train coaches reserved only for women at designated periods of the day.. The reason ? I believe it must got to do with the "chikan" thing.. hehe.. But that's a great solution ! Parallel to the teaching of Islam and a developed, non-Muslim country just proved it !

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