As I was looking through my photos from Japan to prepare my 25 things to do in Japan post, I came across this rather poor-quality snapshot and wondered what it was. The caption was "Sapporo Locker Rules" and I soon remembered that I had left my luggage in a locker in the main Sapporo station while I was off exploring Hokkaido, the northern-most island of Japan.
There were a number of rules involved with using these lockers. And fortunately, they had translated these rules into English. In case you (understandably) can't read the picture, the rules include a list of Forbidden Objects:
1. Hazardous substances which are volatile/explosiveFair call, and I am pretty sure my bag was free of bombs or otherwise explosive items.
2. A dead body!?! Because, of course, if I happen to be in possession of a dead body, storing it in a train station locker is exactly what would spring to mind. The list goes on to include logical items like guns, knives, offensive-smelling items, animals, and valuables, but I was pretty glad to know that my fellow locker-users would not be storing random corpses in these lockers.