Japan Signs: Under Construction
Monday, November 16th, 2009
I took this photo in the back streets of Meguro near Gakugei-daigaku train station on a recent trip to Japan. Besides thinking it was a great image for the Japan Signs section of zonjineko, I also have a laugh every time I see a happy little character for almost any situation in Japan – even sewerage!
|下水道||げすいどう||Sewer or a drain|
|中||なか||in the middle of|
So we put that all together and get “in the middle of sewerage construction” or as the sign states “Sewerage Under Construction”
It’s worth having a closer look at the kanji for the sewer as they make for an interesting lesson about how the words are formed.
|道||Path, course, route|
The three kanji quite literally spell out a sewer – “a course of water under (the ground)”
We can all rest a little easier at night knowing our happy little friend is taking care of our drain pipes!