Tuesday, July 1, 2008

CDPB Monthly Theme Day: "No..."

Friends of this blog know that I am incapable of following the company line on theme days. BOOORRIIINNG. I've been wracking my brains for something out of the ordinary for today and couldn't come up with anything. No good "No..." signs around here that I could find. Then I thought of the wacky perturbations of my language in Japan, like the "No Smorking" sign. Did I see that myself or come across it on engrish.com? (Which, by the way, is a laff riot for English speakers.)

Well, by happy coincidence, I'm studying Japanese. My wife and I will visit for the third time in October. We are just fascinated by the country, even though it involves consuming large amounts of raw fish. And sometimes for breakfast. (That'll wake up an American better than a venti triple latte chased with a can of Red Bull.) Before our last trip, we took several months of conversational Japanese tutoring. Now I'm trying to brush up my miserable skills. Nihongo wa sukoshi wakarimasu demo josu jarimasu sen.* Big time.

Now, to get to the point, the character above is "no." Kind of elegant, isn't it? "No" indicates the possessive (Mr. Tanaka's dog - Tanaka-san no inu) or the English word "of." It is a hiragana, a Japanese word or sound for which there is no pictogram character (kanji). Something you need to know when you're over there. And that, gentle reader, is the most roundabout way to get to the monthly theme you may never find.

* "I speak a little Japanese but I am not skilled." Japanese speakers, please correct me if I messed this up.

Just Say No with 172 City Daily Photo Blogs today. To check the waves of prohibition as they rise around the world, click here to view thumbnails for all .

Or, pick your negation one by one from the participants:

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Chennai, India by Ram N, Chesapeake (VA), USA by ptowngirl, Christchurch, New Zealand by Michelle, Cincinnati, USA by Erik Laursen, Cleveland (OH), USA by iBlowfish, Coral Gables (FL), USA by Jnstropic, Corsicana (TX), USA by Lake Lady, Delta (CO), USA by Bill, Duluth (MN), USA by Sun Dog Press, Durban, South Africa by CrazyCow, East Gwillimbury, Canada by Your EG Tour Guide, Edinburgh, UK by Dido, Folkestone, UK by Piskie, Forks (WA), USA by Corinne, Fort Lauderdale (FL), USA by Gigi, Gaia, Portugal by m+p, Geneva (IL), USA by Kelly, Grenoble, France by Bleeding Orange, Gun Barrel City (TX), USA by Lake Lady, Hampton (VA), USA by ptowngirl, Haninge, Sweden by Steffe, Hanoi, Vietnam by Jérôme, Helsinki, Finland by Kaa, Hobart, Australia by Greg, Hyde, UK by Gerald, Jackson (MS), USA by Halcyon, Jefferson City (MO), USA by Chinamom2005, Jerusalem, Israel by Esther, Katonah (NY), USA by Inkster1, Knoxville (TN), USA by Knoxville Girl, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Edwin, Kyoto, Japan by 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babooshka said...

I have to say this sign has the most artistic flourish. I agree, this is quite a boring theme day, not the most inspiring and this is only my third. Your text though was an interesting read and for that I'm glad I stopped by. A friend of my partner' has lived in Japan, teaching for 5 years now and would never dream of retruning to the UK. He is still learning the lanuguage and culture but has commented his diet and overall healt has improved.

Rambling Round said...

That's the nicest NO I've seen today.

crittoria said...

I never expected a lesson in Japanese today! Cool!! I'll share that image with my boys - they recently learned how to draw some words in Chinese and they'll find this fascinating...

D.C. Confidential said...

Excellent way to capture the theme without actually taking a picture! I like it.

Happy Theme Day!

Knoxville Girl said...

no way!
I can count to four and say thank you in Japanese.
So domo arigato for the photo.

iBlowfish said...

One of my favorite for month theme. Cool idea.

soosha_q said...

I see you're still doing an amazing job showing St. Louis to the world! Miss you guys!

mirage2g said...

Lol! this is the very first kanji I learned in Japanese, surely a unique NO!

Happy theme day!

Kim said...

Very fun take, and I appreciate all the background on the character. I have a Japanese auntie who, besides loving me to death and spoiling me rotten as a child, also taught me some Japanese phrases and some cooking.
Your line about raw fish for breakfast cracked me up! Sushi and sashimi are faves of mine. So much so that to surprise me for Valentines Day one year my husband purchased a pretty heart-shaped tin with a lid and took it to our favorite sushi chef and had him fill it with pieces of my favorite types of ngiri sushi. Probably the most thoughtful gift I've ever received.
Great and original post, Strangetastes-chan!
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Josy said...

Oh thank God it's not another No Parking sign.

Of course, you could've COMPLETELY disregarded the spirit of the theme and found a sign that had "no" hidden somewhere in it, like IlliNOis, or NOguchi, or kimoNO. ;)

But I do like this. :)

ptowngirl said...

Beautiful, unique and relevant -- what else could we ask for? Great job!

ananda.tashie said...

An eloquent looking no! My husband is starting to learn Japanese as well. :)