2019年02月18日

Guidance, warning tile blocks for the visually impaired are found on the walkways, platforms and such other places in Japan.

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Most non-Japanese firstcomers to Japan notice that yellow tile blocks of 30 cm-square are paved on the public places like walkways and platforms. These blocks, which are to safely lead the visually impaired to their destinations, were invented in 1965 and started to be installed in 1967. Also for a weak-sighted person, these blocks are yellow in most cases. There are two types of blocks. The ones with parallel lines are for showing the direction, and the other ones with many dots are to draw attention. A totally blind person can get necessary information by the change of sound from walking stick as well as by the feel of soles on these blocks.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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