Danger = No-Admittance!This warning sign at the imperial gardens clearly states in Japanese the message of 危険(kiken) which means ‘DANGER’. However, those of you who can read English can see that the message to the foreign community as ‘No Admittance’.

It’s quite apparent that warnings of danger was not enough to fend off the throngs of brash, Western tourists with their daredevil attitudes. After several injuries and one death, the officials finally amended the sign to say “NO ADMITTANCE”. Leave it to Westerners to respect property laws over their own safety. Must be a lay over from Manifest Destiny.

-Zensho