Please refrain from using the bathroom alone

Tokyo Richmond Hotel Engrish sign board

What they mean is “please refrain from using the bathroom only”, or in other words… bathroom is for hotel guests only.

Japanese word for “only” can also means alone but out of context when the wrong choice is made when translated.

Apparently the Richmond Hotel is located in Asakusa, a popular tourist destination in Tokyo; and many of the tourists flocked in to use the toilet.

Credit: Reddit, via Rocketnews

Giant panda debut at Ueno Zoo

Two giant pandas on lease from China have made their debut at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo on April 1, bringing some joy for the nation in tragedy.

Giant panda debut at Ueno Zoo

Giant panda debut at Ueno Zoo

Credits: Chinanews (Chinese)

New bullet train starts operation

The E5 Series bullet train has started its operation on the Tohoku Shinkansen Line. Many fans gathered at Tokyo Station last Saturday to witness its first run.

E5 Series bullet train for Tohoku Shinkansen Line

Operated by East Japan Railway Co., the train connects Tokyo Station and Shin-Aomori station in Aomori City, with a top speed of 320km per hour.

Credits: Sohu (Chinese)

Tokyo Sky Tree is world’s tallest tower

The Tokyo Sky Tree, which is still under construction, has surpassed China’s Canton Tower (600m) as the world’s tallest tower on March 1.

Asahi News records the feat on a very hazy day…

The Tokyo Sky Tree will reach 634m when it’s completed. It’s still not the world’s tallest structure, as the title goes to Burj Khalifa in UAE.

Tokyo Marathon 2011 cosplay runners

Entertainment wise probably the most unusual marathon event worldwide.

Credits: Jetdaisuke@YT