Thursday, May 21, 2009

Leading the blind

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Japan first began to use raised "bumps" in the floor as a guide for the blind and partially-sighted in 1967--the first country to do so.

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They can now be found all over the country, in stations, public buildings, and on the sidewalk.

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There is still no country-wide standard, but the basic designs are "dashes" to indicate direction, and "dots" to indicate warning, i.e. a change of direction, platform edge, etc.

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A variety of materials are used, though a type of rubberised plastic is the most common. Metal is sometimes used.

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I find them a fascinating source of composition in photographs.

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4 comments:

  1. This is very interesting and something that should be done in other countries. When did this start? Have you seen people using it?

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  2. Totally cool.Very nice work. cjg of eroticalee

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  3. There are similar leading systems for blind people in Germany. Practically all train stations and most cities have those bumps

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  4. Now that IS a coincidence, Ojisanjake! Fantastic photos, as ever. Thanks.

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