At the start of this year we had fun watching as the town next to us tried to make themselves known by erecting a sign on the hill above the station. For quite a while it was just "US" and then they finally got around to adding the final "A". Although we don't live in this city, it is the city the children were born in and I always wonder if it will be questioned at passport control when we hand over a Japanese and New Zealand passport stating that they are born in USA. As foreign things are highly regarded here there are also stories of people using this city name to their advantage - writing "Made in USA" on their products. Of course they are not being dishonest.... just using their name to their advantage.
Unfortunately I'm not sure how long the sign will be visible for. Like so many things here I'm guessing that the trees around it will grow up very fast and it will become only partially visible. Also the construction work looks a little bit dodgy so I'm guessing the houses underneath it may end up with a part of the sign in their backyard as soon as the first typhoon comes through. But in the meantime we can take pride in our big white sign......especially on days when we have our binoculars with us!