Law-abiding citizens

I gotta confess – I don't always wait for the pedestrian light to turn green before crossing. If there are no cars coming, I will generally go ahead and cross the street even if the light is still red.

It's actually not that uncommon nowadays (meaning I'm not the only one who does this now), but I remember when I first came to Tokyo some 10 years ago, crossing the road while the light was still shining red – I could literally feel the wide-eyed stares of the other pedestrians on both sides of the street and imagined their thoughts going somewhere along the line of "Gasp – who is this law-breaking oddity!?"

I'm by no means a "rebel" – people who know me would laugh at associating me with such a term, but I do sometimes get impatient. 😉

Still, there are some very conscientious folk around that will still wait for the light to turn like these 2 young ladies whom I snapped – just before I crossed the road.


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March 26, 2012 – Law-abiding citizens

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  • March 31, 2012 - 05:59 | Permalink

    They look like shinsotsus, they may be afraid if they jay-walk they'll be fired before work starts on Monday.

  • March 31, 2012 - 06:14 | Permalink

    Ah, I hadn't thought of that +David Ventura . This was actually taken on Monday (yes, I'm a week behind, and going through the backlog), but you're right, they may very well be new grads 🙂

  • March 31, 2012 - 07:50 | Permalink

    One of the many similarities between Finns and Japanese. Though I'm told in Helsinki they're a bit more in a hurry than they are in Turku, where I was living. Could be because they have more foreigners in Helsinki 😉

  • March 31, 2012 - 09:26 | Permalink

    Yes, +Thomas Paris – foreigners like myself do tend to cause all kinds of trouble 😉

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