Friday, November 18, 2005

Rusty Signs • 錆いっぱいの看板

I don't know why, but I have a fascination with old things. I like new things too, but I really enjoy walking through a place and discovering old things. Because of this, antique stores and flea markets are like a children's toy store for me. Inakadate has lots of old things here and there throughout the village and I therefore often find something interesting to me.

One thing that seems to have survived is old signs. I have found several signs in the village that look like they have been up for 30 or 40 years. They are all rusted and bent and sometime hardly legible, but that gives them character. They have survived over the ages and give uniqueness to the area they are displayed.

For me, the more rusted a sign is, the better. In the USA, I don't recall seeing many rusty signs. Here in Inakadate, they are not that rare. In the USA, rust is something you see on cars. That is because with no shaken system, people drive cars much longer. It is not uncommon to see 20 year old very rusty cars on the road in Minnesota. My father used to drive a car that he could only use in the summer because too much cold air would come in the rust holes in the floor.

Most people think these rusty signs are probably just garbage, but I think they are really cool.

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