It’s never obvious

11 Jul

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On our first afternoon in Tokyo, I remember being quite disappointed.  It all seemed rather, well, normal.  I was expecting Japan to be different.  But the closer we looked, the more different things became, and there were very many times we had to ask for sign language explanations of what we were seeing.  Some things simply remained mysterious.

One of the things I liked most about Japan was the order in everything.  Shop displays, gardens, railway stations, even forests, were incredibly neat and tidy and laid out with minute attention to detail.  The repetitive rhythms made for interesting photos.

So can you guess what the photos are of?  To make it more interesting, I’m going to give a prize to the first person who gets them all right.  Yes, you heard me, a prize.  I haven’t decided what yet.  Maybe a packet of wotsits.  So get guessing.

This post is for the Gallery who’s prompt this week is ‘Can you see what it is yet?

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34 Responses to “It’s never obvious”

  1. jfb57 11/07/2010 at 5:28 pm #

    Wow! So many interesting things to see! Here’s a go – bags of rice, chicken coops,lots of labels (!) , no idea!!

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 11/07/2010 at 7:22 pm #

      You got two right. Try again.

  2. jfb57 11/07/2010 at 5:30 pm #

    sorry – missed out strings of sweets & candle holders!

  3. mrsljhall 11/07/2010 at 7:38 pm #

    hmmm no idea on the first one – glass tubes?, sweets, noodle pot holders, rice, bookmarks/horoscopes? and a school?

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 11/07/2010 at 7:45 pm #

      Again, two right. Try again…

  4. Harriet 11/07/2010 at 8:44 pm #

    Hmmm. Bags of rice, prayer sheets (says B who worked for a Japanese company for a while), strings of sweets, a temple (a public loo?!, I really have no idea), noodle bowls (or possibly again something religious says B) and bamboo…?

    Am I close?

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 12/07/2010 at 9:38 pm #

      Close, but no cigar. Three and a half right.

  5. Karen @ If I Could Escape . . . 12/07/2010 at 7:19 pm #

    The only thing I can make out is rice. I think?

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 12/07/2010 at 9:36 pm #

      Rice yes. No wotsits for you.

  6. Toria 12/07/2010 at 9:42 pm #

    Pics of umm stuff?! I like wotsits…

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 12/07/2010 at 9:44 pm #

      So do I. But I can’t just give them away for no reason.

  7. PippaD 12/07/2010 at 9:42 pm #

    But how do we know that you know what it really is and I don’t know what it is really….

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 12/07/2010 at 9:44 pm #

      You have to trust me. Mwah ha ha ha ha.

  8. Paula 12/07/2010 at 9:44 pm #

    OK *clears throat*

    1) The entrance to the karaoke bar that you spent most of your time in
    2) The wall of lollipops that constituted the prize-wall in the karaoke bar – needless to say they remained intact while you were there
    3) Toilet brushes
    4) Money wallets for the many bribes that you offered the karaoke master
    5) Rice – constant karaoke singing uses a lot of energy..and;
    6) The local jail where you were incarcerated for crimes against karaoke

    Did I win? xx

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 12/07/2010 at 9:51 pm #

      No. You didn’t.

      1) wrong
      2) ish
      3) wrong
      4) wrong
      5) yes
      6) wrong

      The wotsits are still mine. Do you like wotsits?

      • Paula 12/07/2010 at 9:59 pm #

        I love Wotsits – surely everyone loves Wotsits?

        • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 12/07/2010 at 10:04 pm #

          As a student, they were main constiuent of my diet. They’re probably even slightly nutritious. They’ve got cheese in them I think.

  9. Michelle 13/07/2010 at 12:15 pm #

    I really don’t know all of them but the photos are absolutely wonderful!

  10. dawniebrown 13/07/2010 at 12:20 pm #

    1)Some kind of bamboo cage?
    2)Strings of sweets
    3)Bowls
    4)Prayer sheets
    5)Bags of Rice
    6)Some kind of takeaway food shop?

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 13/07/2010 at 4:10 pm #

      You got the same three right as the others. No wotsits.

  11. christinemosler 13/07/2010 at 12:33 pm #

    Ok, here’s my go (and I really like wotsits so I am feeling just a little bit competitive)

    Sweet strings, prayers sheets, soup bowls, rice, bamboo screen, post office

    Can you wrap them in bubble wrap please so they don’t get squashed? Ta.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 13/07/2010 at 4:11 pm #

      I could, if you got them all right. But you didn’t. I was thinking of a box actually, packed with foam pellets.

  12. mrsljhall 13/07/2010 at 4:26 pm #

    I don’t like wotsits…… but luckily it’s too hard so I am in no danger of winning any :o)

  13. Marisa 13/07/2010 at 4:40 pm #

    here goes …total guessing …

    Lollies/ sweets
    Temple offering candle pots
    Bags of different rice
    Prayer cards
    Seaweed strips
    Library

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 13/07/2010 at 4:55 pm #

      The wotsits are still mine. Mwah ha ha ha.

  14. New Mummy 13/07/2010 at 5:05 pm #

    Fantastic photos, don’t even know where to begin, so I won’t x

  15. TheMadHouse 14/07/2010 at 8:21 am #

    Apart from the rice and sweets – I have no idea – hopeless

  16. urbanvox 14/07/2010 at 10:30 am #

    rice… a restaurand a shirt… stuff!!!! 🙂

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 14/07/2010 at 10:50 am #

      A shirt?

  17. Trish@ Mum's Gone to 14/07/2010 at 12:51 pm #

    1. Curtains to entrance of “Sexy Bar Looky Looky”

    2. Fly screen which attracts flies which are then too busy with the sweeties to want to come inside.

    3. Very small wells.

    4. Luggage labels for holidaying tomatoes

    5. Small bags of peat (looks like our garden centre)

    6. Public toilets with signs for male, female and lady-boys.

    I don’t like wotsits anyway.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 14/07/2010 at 1:37 pm #

      You sure you don’t want some wotsits?They weren’t right, but they were very entertaining.

  18. itsasmallworldafterallfamily 14/07/2010 at 8:39 pm #

    OK people, here are the answers:
    1. tree trunks in a pine forest (think pic may actually be upside down, but it looks same both ways)
    2. strings of sweets
    3. buckets at a temple well, each bucket belongs to a different family and the symbols on the front represent the family name
    4. prayer cards, you write your prayers on them and hang them up in the temple grounds
    5. sacks of rice in a rice shop
    6. a sweet shop

  19. bubbleboo 15/07/2010 at 6:34 pm #

    Ooh, what an awesome idea! I have no clue what they all are though 😀

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 16/07/2010 at 4:53 pm #

      look at the bottom of the comments for the answers

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