2011/05/06

Illustration Friday: "Beginner"; しょしんしゃ shoshinsha

I like being a beginner at something, sometimes because of the possibilities that learning something new opens up the mind to, and sometimes because there's no pressure to achieve.
When I and my friends were about 15 or 16, we would do our girls' nights out at pool halls, just hanging out, playing our version of billiards - without rules.
One night, a guy came up and offered to teach us how to play properly.
We never played again.
Now, that sounds dining-with-the-fishes-ominous but really it was just that we, complete beginners, played only for fun and as soon as rules and score-keeping were introduced, the fun was lost.

Guess what this symbol is:

It's a car decal much like our "L" sign to indicate that the driver in question is still learning to drive. 
This Japanese version (the Shoshinsha/Wakaba mark) has to be displayed for one year after obtaining one's licence. 
There's also one for elderly citizens - for people to show extra consideration, perhaps?

7 comments:

  1. Underbart tecknande! Väggen är superhärlig!

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  2. The same thing about rulles happened to my granddaughters. They were playing some kind of ball game and were arguing about it. I told them the rules, but they didn't like that and quit playing that game. Forever.

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  3. Sweet image! And I love the "beginner" symbols for the car. Makes such good sense.

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  4. Ooh, I want to hang out there for a day! Cool round window, like being in a submarine. You'll find me looking through the books on secrets. HA! Stealth kitty. Love the arch in her back!

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  5. Heisann!
    Let's keep on having fun!
    Too much in life is serious. Why do we stop playing? It' healthy!

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