When you see this sort of thing in front of shops(cafeterias, food bars, restaurants..)it means the shop is open.
kacsa said: what exactly do you mean by “this sort of thing”?
Um..curtain? the fabric strips? In fact, I stopped and thought for a while before I wrote *this sort of thing*, but I really couldn’t find right explanation of it! haha
Today I went to Koshien baseball stadium to watch an annual big event, the high school baseball tournament. My hometown Sapporo won and I’m so happy now:)
In Japan, pharmacies sell more than medicines, and they are generally called *drug stores*. Would you be surprised if I ask you where the nearest drug store is while I’m in your country? :)
Oh? Looking over your comments, it seems *drug store* is an appropriate English word??
At least, when I asked a young man the way to a pharmacy in Hong Kong, where most people can speak fluent English due to the historical background, he did a double take at me and asked what on earth I was looking for! :D