In Japan, the word Kanban means “sign”, and those companies who use the Toyota Production System of just-in-time inventory control see and use a lot of Kanbans. I just started a new job at a Japanese-owned company, and I saw a sign in the Ladies restroom which I had not ever seen before. It took me a minute to figure out what it meant, but I finally did. Have you ever seen a sign like this one?
A large proportion of the production staff at my company is various flavors of Asian, and many of their home countries use a different kind of toilet, a “squat toilet”. This sign tells them not to use our sit-down kind as a “squat” kind, since it might break the seat.
On our trip to Colorado last April, we passed through the town of Boulder, and I saw this sign outside a retail store. It brought me up short, and I wondered if the owners didn’t think anyone would object to how they named their company. I think they sell personal-care products, but I was a bit taken aback by the name.
Also, at the bottom of this photo there is a rather cleverly-disguised newspaper box. And I didn’t even notice it when I took the photo! However, just lately I have seen a number of these transformer-boxes brightly painted.
This one is in the town of Leavenworth, Washington.
Outside a Japanese restaurant in Wyoming, this guy gives a pretty good indication of what kind of food will be found inside! The other guy in the photo is my husband.
I took this photo of the car in front of me on the ferry a while back. She certainly gets her message across, doesn’t she?
Food trucks are mobile advertising, besides being mobile restaurants! These two brightly-painted vehicles make you want to go and have something to eat! They also do a great job of getting their message out (with the help of open windows spreading the aroma of goodies).
Here’s the Link to this week’s Original Post. And Tina’s too!
3 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #234: Messages”
Fun submission! Never saw a “potty” sign like that before. I have however watched my husband make a u-turn at a bathroom in another country. Just wouldn’t be comfortable…says he. The cow mural,/ newspaper box clever, funny and a bright addition to the street. I love that you included Food Trucks. They are becoming more and more popular with clever designs. Very nice, thanks for coming along.
Hmmm…..a squat toilet, that’s a new one on me! The sign is perfect RB! Terrific examples this week
Little-known fact: a large percentage of people still use a hole in the ground as a toilet. India has a fair number of poor peasants who eschew any indoor plumbing and do their business in open fields.