l'm not entirely certain when, how or why I developed this penchant...but I enjoy looking at signs. Billboards, shop signs, posters...anything that's intended to communicate a message.

It's particularly entertaining in Japan, where the message actually communicated often differs from the message (probably) intended.

Take this example, from an upscale beauty place in a mall:

beauty shop

I shudder to imagine what the purpose or effect of subjecting customers to pure fumes could be.

Or this one, which is from a clothing store close to the beauty-oriented fumigation shop:

ciao sign

The best I could figure is that once fumigated, flustered customers would want to say goodbye in a hurry.