Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Only in Japan: Walking upon the narrow path

Where I live in Japan, like most places I assume in urban and suburban Japan, space is a limited commodity, sometimes to a very dangerous extent. I remember when I first moved here years ago how I was quite nervous and even frustrated walking down narrow roads and in dangerously tight spaces. As you will see below as I take a walk (sanpo 散歩).

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As you see the cars whisk by at an arm`s length away. Often along this road you have to step out into the road and if you are carrying something it becomes even more cumbersome.

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I had the rare opportunity to see the ambulance take off from the local Fire Station. By the way Japanese ambulances talk when turning or pulling out into the road.

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So as you can see life in Japan means being careful in more ways than one, even when it is walking down your own street.


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