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Published on Sep 21, 2006
From http://troykelly.com/2006/09/25/bne-s... The stickers that I thought were only in Tokyo seem to be in many places around the entire world, I have no idea what they are. Maybe graffiti, street art, stickers warning of impending doom? I just don't know. When I first got here - they kept reminding me of home (BNE being the Airport Code for Brisbane, Australia).
I have put some photos online here if you want to see the stickers in action.
There was an interesting segment on ABC (USA) "World News" PodCast that attempted to shed some light on it - but unfortunatly in what seems to be a common "narrow" view of the world only suggested that the stickers might have somethign to do with Japan, because they have Japanese characters on them - they made no mention of the fact that they are all over Tokyo. The news report is on You-Tube (link below).
I would love to know more about where these things have come from, feel free to email me if you have anything.
There is a little more about info at this San Francisco site called Metroblogging. It includes a very interesting comment that this could possible be a reference to a modern Iranian religion's base text - Baha'u'llah and the New Era. The Baha'i faith, established in Iran in the mid-19th century is now spread around the world and gathering momentum as a rapidly growing religion. In context and including the Japanese characers that generally appear below the letters "BNE" it could read "Bahá'u'lláh and the New Era has arrived" or "Bahá'u'lláh and the New Era is coming".
Not being at all religious, I think to read anything into this beyond somebody using it as either their tag around the world, or some sort of advertisment is dangerous. Another blogger has commented on the "12 Monkies" approach that some people are taking towards these stickers, which I find ammusing.