Restroom signs confuse and amuse Japanese on Twitter

By Scott Wilson, RocketNews24

We’ve seen some pretty odd Japanese restrooms before, but usually it’s the inside of the restroom that made them special – not the outside.

Except now one restaurant in Japan, the Semba Kitchen in Fukushima, has decided to surprise its customers with these interesting restroom signs.

If the words MEN and WOMEN weren’t there, how are you supposed to know which restroom to use? Do those symbols have some sort of hidden meaning? Are they from a foreign language? I don’t get it.

Here’s what Japanese netizens had to say about these mysterious signs:

“Why are the bathroom signs a pair of scissors and a fish?” “I thought it was a sausage and abalone.” “No, no, it’s bathroom for long-nose people and mustache people.” “I just asked my mom what they were and said they’re [censored] and [censored].” “Whoa, those are just barely okay!” “They should use them as the symbols for the Tokyo Olympics.” “What a perfect universal sign.”

Hmm, maybe someday we’ll figure out what these indecipherable signs truly mean.

_Source: Twitter/@K2CBOT via My Game News Flash

Read more stories from RocketNews24. -- Customer reviews on Amazon Japan are more priceless than the expensive items they’re about -- Nine reasons why Japanese men hesitate to say “I love you” -- We try eating insects — they don’t taste like chicken

© Japan Today

©2021 GPlusMedia Inc.

Login to comment

I could figure out the left one. The right one is not as easy. No writing? Just wait to see who walks out (or in), I guess, or peek in and look for urinals, or lack thereof.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

It is easy enough for me to understand the sign. People seem to be feeling uncomfortable with their obscene direct depiction of genitals, especially the female's. Too shy to look at it?

2 ( +3 / -1 )

Haha those are awesome!

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Shouldn't there be a mosaic over the ladies' symbol, otherwise the police will be making arrests?

2 ( +4 / -2 )

From the picture, they appear to be both on the same door. Strange.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Delightful nonsense. Almost better than politics.

1 ( +1 / -0 )


Delightful nonsense. Almost better than politics.

The US elections? Yep....

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Anyone who can't figure these out really needs an education. Well, okay, the one on the right without the other (and vice versa) for context could be a number of things, but side by side, and especially next to doors in a building... I didn't even see the words or look at the headline before they were the first thing to put into my mind. Maybe I'm a perv. Fun stuff.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

These are caprice piece of art

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Now that the term "Pussygate" is gaining acceptance in the media, why not add the word to the symbol? Vulgarians, your time has come!

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

I think that it should have been pretty obvious that it was a depiction of a penis and vagina.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

left one=lingam, right one-yoni

0 ( +0 / -0 )

You put the left one in and you shake it all about....

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Take note of the sign makers penetrating wit.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites