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Musasabi

Strolling around the forests of Karuizawa we bumped into this warning sign… Batman?

musasabi

Musasabi are giant Japanese squirrels that can jump from branch to branch by gliding in the air for up to 100 meters. They are abundant in forests all over Japan and some parts of China. The warning signs are usually found near roads and trails so that people are not surprised if they land on their car. Musasabi live mostly during the night and are rarely seen during the day. Below you can see some Musasabi photos that I’ve found in a blog from Karuizawa

musasabi

musasabi

musasabi

musasabi

flying squirrel in japan

flying squirrel in japan

flying squirrel in japan
Of course, there had to be an arcade that simulates the flights of the Musasabi

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Musasabi remind me a lot of the wingsuit flying humans that are very popular lately.

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Don't Feed The Pigeons

Even signs that forbid things are cute in Japan. Many times signs explain their message in a graphical way using cartoon characters. The pigeon in the sign says:

Stop please!
I don’t need food!

Don't feed the pigeons

You can find more strange and funny Japanese signs in this category.

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Kites in Enoshima

I have been a few times to Enoshima, a wonderful place which makes a perfect one day trip from Tokyo. The first time I went there I was surprised, and at the same time a little bit scared, by the amount of kites that were flying very close to our heads.

Kites in Enoshima

Enoshima kites

It seems like these birds of prey are very common in Enoshima and they cause some problems. This is one of the signs that warns about them.

Kites in Enoshima

The sign explains that kites have a sharp eyesight, they can see the food that you are holding in your hand and they can attack you from behind. The sign advises you to wear a cap or a hat and to use an umbrella if you are lying down at the beach.

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How to use a playground slide

In Japan there’s always a cool way to warn about any danger. Take a look at these warnings about how kids should not use the playground slide.

playground slide

playground slide

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Change! Yes, we can!

Near my house there is a small park that has some ponies that kids can ride during certain hours. Recently they have changed the opening hours and to announce it making sure that everybody knows they have put these posters that combine shrewdly the “Change!” (changing the opening hours) and the “Yes, we can!” of Obama.

Change! Yes, we can!
Really cool! At least they didn’t use Comic Sans.

In general, Japanese people and Japanese society don’t like to introduce changes very often. However there is always exceptions.

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