Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

The Street as Sidewalk

Posted: February 13, 2017 in sidewalks
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I try to avoid walking on streets that lack sidewalks, but that can be hard to do in Japanese small towns. In Konan, for instance, most streets in the older neighborhoods consist of a single lane that must be shared by cars going both directions, pedestrians, and cyclists. Because of the narrow street width, drivers slow down. Strategically placed signs warn children to look out for cars and trains. (See if you can spot a Pokemon warning sign in the first photo below).

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The last picture (above) is of a relatively newer neighborhood in Konan, with a sidewalk running along one side of the street.

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During a trip to Japan, I zoomed in on the individual Japanese characters and kana (syllables) in billboards, signs, and parking lots. Up close, the Japanese language takes on an artistic quality.

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Konan, Japan

Posted: February 8, 2017 in manhole covers
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Konan, located in central Japan an hour northeast of Kyoto, is a town that no longer exists (at least as a separate entity). Approximately ten years ago it and four neighboring towns were aggregated into a new city, Koka, in the name of government efficiency. Hundreds of years ago Konan was home to members of the Koga ninja clan. Konan’s ninja heritage is still around today, via an amazing authentic ninja house that is open to the public.

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Osaka manhole covers

Posted: August 15, 2012 in manhole covers
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Japan is well-known (at least among manhole cover enthusiasts) for its intricately designed manhole covers. My favorite among these Osaka manhole covers is the one depicting water splashing from a faucet.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: ATS.