Many moons ago, before I could speak a lick of Japanese, I ran into this poster on the Philosopher’s Walk in Kyoto. Given where I was, I just couldn’t help but ponder over it. What was the dog saying? Why was there a poo there? Did it smell?
I had a look through my photo collection recently and noticed that I can understand most of the poster now, at least the important stuff anyway. Like a modern day Dr Doolittle I can let you know what the dog is saying.
<sentence particle, shows that the dog knows something the owner needs to be told>
Therefore the dog is saying “Hey! You’ve forgotten something!”.
Underneath the dog is the legend:
clean up after is
Consequently the poster is telling us that Cleaning up dog waste is the pet owner’s responsibility.
When I first saw it, all those years ago, I had hoped that the dog was saying “Pick up my poo!”, but it was not to be.