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The amount of unnecessary signage in Japan is a constant source of amusement for me. And in the new Osaka train station, I came across a stunning example.


Someone decided that in addition to the giant “Lavatory” sign above the entrance (written in Japanese, English and icon-form), that we also needed:

1. A map of the hallway leading to the two (clearly-marked) bathrooms.
2. A second map showing the relationship of the men’s bathroom to the women’s bathroom, and how to find the doors to each of them.
3. A third map of the individual bathrooms in case you get lost once and can’t find the sinks or the bathroom stalls.

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Additionally, there was an Information Booth about thirty feet away, where they would be glad to point out how to get to the bathroom (and also provide you with a complimentary paper map of the premises).

Oh, Japan. You’re so cute and helpful all the time!