Shot in Kakunodate, 2007.  This is prevalent all over Japan, but this is one of the better shots of it in action.

People call this the “yellow brick road” of Japan, since it exists on nearly any sidewalk in the country.

This raised sidewalk feature is something put in place for sight impaired people.  On thoroughfares, it’s vertical stripes, and at interchanges/curbs, it turns into raised dots.  These two distinct types of path are enabling to allow the blind to manage roadways with little assistance.  

It’s interesting that while in Japan, I have seen more blind people out and about than I ever do in the US.  I don’t know if this has more to do with the fact that they’re more able-bodied to take care of themselves, or they’re more open to traveling and walking on their own than with sighted assistance.

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