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Chris:
I wonder if they have problems with LED traffic signals becoming blocked with snow. They emit little heat compared to older models, so that they do not melt the snow off.

jakeroot:

--- Quote from: Chris on May 01, 2023, 05:00:44 PM ---I wonder if they have problems with LED traffic signals becoming blocked with snow. They emit little heat compared to older models, so that they do not melt the snow off.

--- End quote ---

There seems to have been two ideas with the downward angle, (1) easier to see from the stop line, especially the near-side signal, *(2) reduce glare from the sun, and also (3) it should keep snow off the face of the signal. But there are examples of where, during big snows, it can still cover the entire face...maybe it slid off later.

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bing101:
https://japantoday.com/category/features/lifestyle/road-in-chiba-plagued-by-accidents-involving-shutterbugs-seeking-%27chiba-fornia%27-shots
Dang also in some of the videos Chibafornia was supposed to be modeled after Venice, CA from the shots of Palm Trees on the coast the way it was intended to be. Interestingly Chibafornia allegedly had some of the most reported accidents in the area. 




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Here is Chibafornia in Japan.

jakeroot:
The Japanese don't give a damn about rules regarding parking along the edges of streets like in the image. Stuff like that is totally normal.

Problem seems to be people wandering around in the road and not paying attention. That's definitely unusual, "jaywalking" (the law against it) is very much a thing in Japan. Can't really blame drivers for not seeing someone or not expecting someone in the road, it's very rare to see that here.

There is likely another dozen roads just like this, especially in southern Honshu and the islands to the south. Climate here is basically the same as California, just more humidity and rain. Lots of palm trees around.

Plutonic Panda:
Was that a Street in Venice used by cars and then they converted it to pedestrian only corridor or was it always only for pedestrians?

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