Kitakami Photoblog

Daily photos from Kitakami, a small town in Northern Japan, and its surroundings.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

One thing that puzzled me quite a lot when I started driving in Japan two years ago (apart from driving on the left side) was that the traffic lights are usually placed behind the intersections. Sometimes I just noticed them only in the very last moment.

3 Comments:

Blogger Pat said...

I didn't know you drove on the left side of the road? I know that the UK does.

Interesting.

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1:13 PM  
Blogger Abraham Lincoln said...

When I was in Sendai, and Sapporo in 1953, most towns like Sendai (now over a million people) had no traffic lights. Major intersections had one policeman standing on a box in the middle directing traffic.

8:51 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

@ Pat: Yes, Japan does, too, I have no idea why.

@ Abraham Lincon: Sendai is not far away from Kitakami, we have been there yesterday; it has lots of traffic lights now! But still it is somehow difficult to orientate, since only some of the biggest streets have names, like in all japanese cities.

8:41 AM  

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