03/24/2007

Where am I now? (6)


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The location of this photograph is very easy to decipher. As shown in the text message of the lower part, it was taken at the entrance of a London Tube station! I took this photograph because it showed the number of steps for passengers to descend into the underground station; that was very kind for people who feel some difficulty in using the stairs. 78 steps corresponds to the stairs of four stories high building. This tube station don't have escalators. In Japan, I counted over 150 steps from an underground station to the surface; that station, of course, has escalators.

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Where am I now? (5)


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Only these characters will not betray the location of the printed directories. It was not easy for me to find the Japanese section in a vast museum. The Japan section was located beside Egyptian mummies. The marble wall was gorgeous enough to push up the rank of this museum. So, this museum was the British Museum in London, The United Kingdom!

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Where am I now? (4)


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As you see them, these are wall sockets in a meeting room. There are good points and bad points in this socket system. Good points are: easy to plug/unplug without bending yourself; convenient for floor sweeping; no dust accumulated in the sockets. Bad points are: chance to trip on power cords; not beautiful when many cords are dangling. So, very good for environmental things such as fire protection or floor cleanup, but not good for individual safety or aesthetic taste. When I took this photogragh, I was attending the ISO meeting held at the Wien Standards Office, Vienna, Austria.

By the way, some garbage cans were found to be above the ground climbing a pole as shown below.

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03/21/2007

Where am I now? (3)


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This room is not that of a kindergarten class, but that of a university class. In Japanese sense, it is a kindergarten class. What reminds us of such notion? I think it is the coloring and the design, especially the shape of the arm, of chairs. My first impression was that I was thrown into a kindergarten class, but it soon turned out that the shape and the color betrayed its childishness. I think it is a little bit difficult to understand what is happening in the photograph; chairs whose arms are hooked on the desk are not touching the floor. If all the chairs are properly hooked on the desk, it is quite easy for university staffs to wipe the floor with a mop! When I took this photogragh, I was attending the ISO meeting held at the Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.

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Where am I now? (2)


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There is a traffic light with five lights in a row. I'm so used to see three-light signals at the traffic intersection in Japan. I didn't expect the number of lights were different in other countries. In the past, there was a problem of how to call them in Japan; they were once called Red, Blue, and Yellow; now they are called Red, Green, and Yellow. I don't remember exactly when they were changed to the international style. But the real problem lies in their color. As is widely known, for people with disabilities who cannot see the difference of red and green, red-green color blindness (anerythrochloropia), traffic lights are very problematic; they have to know 'go' or 'stop' by the position of the light! Fortunately, the positions of the traffic lights seem to be the same worldwide; the red light is placed in the left or the top of the signal for the horizontal style or the vertical style.

To my greatest regret, I didn't have a chance to check the meaning of the fourth and the fifth lights in this photograph. When I took this photogragh, I was on the road to the Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.

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Where am I now? (1)


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Do you imagine in what country I am now from this photograph? This photo was taken in a hotel room. You can easily see an English message and a Japanese message. You know that this hotel welcomes many Japanese people. So, this hotel is located in a city where many tourists visit from many countries. You can get more information from the instruction messages that are written in five languages. I was in Frankfurt when this photo was taken. My question is why the fifth language is the German. This message seems to be mainly aimed for foreigners, not domestic Germans. My conclusion is that Germans are modest enough people to list the German message last; it is just like Japanese people.

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