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Posted by
Viewfinder (Bradenton, FL, United States) on 6 November 2013 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

A bridge crossing a Kyoto waterway reveals a straight yellow line embedded in the cement, containing ridges that have periodic raised dots or bumps on them.

"What was it for?" we all wondered, because these lines are embedded inside the main public sidewalks of Tokyo, Kyoto, Naha - saw them where ever we went.

Finally asked a tourguide and he told us these were for the safety and guidance of blind Japanese pedestrians. The bumps in the lines are in braille. They can read them with their canes or with their feet.

Ah, so... very ingenious. Very enlightened.

Also the cross/don't cross lighted traffic signs "chirp" with tones that alert the blind walker as to the status and safety of a crossing.

NIKON D80 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 100 45 mm

Tony from United Kingdom

Nicely and thoughtfully composed. I love all the lines leading thsures writoreie eye to the top of the frame.

6 Nov 2013 9:05am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A beautifully framed and composed shot Glenn! Your wise use of the braile line leads the eye deep into the shot! ;-)

6 Nov 2013 1:20pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

I first wondered the reason for the tall image, but your text gives the reasons very well. They do think of almost everything, don't they!
However, central heating seems to one that slipped through the cracks!

6 Nov 2013 1:34pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Aren't those cool? They have them in Hiroshima, too. While these are enlightened, as you say, the parking for disabled people is rather sketchy. My students told me anyone can park in disabled parking without penalty.

7 Nov 2013 1:14am

1/250 second
ISO 100
45 mm