Could you find the proper restroom?

16 Oct

In Japan, nearly every public restroom has a blue picture of a man on the men’s room door and a red picture of a woman on the ladies’ room door.

But that’s not always the case. Sometimes, especially at places that don’t get many foreign customers, the doors with be marked with black kanji symbols for male and female on the respective doors.

Would you be able to find the correct restroom? Take this two-question quiz to see.

For this quiz, this symbol will be “no. 1”.

 

For this quiz, this symbol will be “no. 2”.

How did you do? Did you know the answers, of just guess them? Tell me in the comments section!

8 Responses to “Could you find the proper restroom?”

  1. laurenF November 13, 2015 at 1:40 am #

    I admit I have been studying Japanese which is why I know them, but I feel like they resemble a bit the woman and man icons that are commonly used in the US to indicate public restrooms–like the woman kanji looks a little like it is a person wearing a dress,with hips, and the man kanji has the 2 legs and is more straight up and down.

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    • tokyo5 November 13, 2015 at 8:25 am #

      >I admit I have been studying Japanese which is why I know them

      How long have you been studying Japanese?

      >but I feel like they resemble a bit the woman and man icons that are commonly used in the US to indicate public restrooms

      Really? I guess I’m just used to them. I don’t see any “image” when I look at them.

      About 70% of the people who took this quiz got the answers correct, so maybe they do look as you explained…or maybe most people just made “lucky guesses”.😉

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  2. Udonski October 17, 2015 at 1:39 am #

    I remember them by means of mental pictograms. A technique I learned from my 2nd Japanese Sense.

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    • tokyo5 October 17, 2015 at 8:11 am #

      I know about that technique. I learned kanji, though, just by repeatedly writing them.

      By the way, do you like udon noodles?😉

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  3. svensays October 16, 2015 at 10:55 pm #

    Failed! LOL!

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    • tokyo5 October 16, 2015 at 10:56 pm #

      Don’t feel bad…about 1/4 of the people who have taken it so far have failed it.
      And now you’ve learned two useful kanji characters!

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  4. Tom Miller October 16, 2015 at 7:24 pm #

    I guessed to be honest based on how the kanji looked. Not to be too crude, it looks like someone sitting, for the female kanji and someone in front of a urinal for the male. Possibly strange perception of the kanji as it is, but not totally illogical🙂

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    • tokyo5 October 16, 2015 at 10:23 pm #

      Thanks for taking the quiz…and for leaving a comment!

      I guess I should’ve been more clear in this post…these kanji don’t mean “men’s restroom” and “ladies’ restroom“—they mean “man” and “woman”.

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