Strange Signs

This is a picture of a Japanese stop sign. When I first drove in Japan a few years ago I thought they were yield signs when I saw them the first time. Yurie then explained to me that it was actually a stop sign. It’s interesting that the shape is completely different from most countries.

japanese-stop-sign

Most countries use the familiar octogon (as you can see in some examples on this site), but I guess Japan wants to be different.

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7 responses to “Strange Signs

  1. keith

    I thought the octagon has an international standard.

  2. One thing you learn when coming to Japan is that nothing is standard here. They really like to be different from everywhere else.

  3. keith…

    >I thought the octagon has an international standard.

    And I had always thought it was only American…but I was surprised that even China uses an octagon Stop sign (albeit written in kanji).

    http://tokyo5.wordpress.com/2008/12/20/seal/

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    Eric…

    >different from everywhere else.

    And Japan’s exoticness is what first attracted me when I was young.

  4. I admit the great appeal of Japan is in it’s difference from the rest of the world. That’s why there’s so many strange things here. Strange for us I mean…

  5. Eric…

    Actually I’m used to Japan by now. I visited America about five years ago…I’m not used to American style anymore—so that was the culture shock for me.

  6. I’m starting to get used to the way things are here. I imagine I’ll also get some culture shock in Canada after a few years.

  7. >I imagine I’ll also get some culture shock in Canada after a few years.

    Especially if you wait as long as I did to visit there again.

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