Thursday, May 24, 2007

Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs 道路標識と信号機

Or Every girl's crazy about a sharp dressed man..

Over at Rocking in Hakata Deas points out something that I never really realized: The guy in the crosswalk signals is wearing a hat.
It's not just in Hakata:

But it's not just the crosswalk signals. Japan wants people to know that being a snappy dresser and traffic safety work hand in hand:

I asked a friend why the guy is always wearing a hat. Their reply was something along the lines of "It's so that he doesn't look like a monster." Good enough for me.

Other links of interest:
信号機(しんごうき) (Dig the crazy moving gifs!)
Why, yes, there is a Japanese web page with a bbs that collects photos of different traffic signals around Japan, did you even have to ask?
Traffic light
William Potts, inventor of the 4-way three color traffic light

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