Natalie Goes to Japan

40 year old very married blonde woman having a midlife crisis who heads to Japan alone to follow her dreams. Be careful what you wish for ... you just may get it.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Driving in Japan

Driving in Japan is totally mindblowing. First of all you drive on the other side of the street. That hasn't turned into to much of an issue because there is so much traffic. Mainly you just follow people going the direction you want to go. And as for making turns...well, you can't go in the wrong lane as there are already cars there. However, the thing that makes driving here so crazy is the amount of traffic and the tiny, narrow roads. What would be a one way street in America is a congested two way avenue here. Now add the fact that the electrical poles are jutting into the street. Mix into this craziness that there are no sidewalks and that there are quite a few pedestrians, all of which are carrying umbrellas (rain or shine). Plus the motorcycles and scooters zipping in and around cars willy nilly. And the final part of the video game are the bicycles. Bicycles everywhere, riding down either side of the street. They may be carrying an umbrella, talking on a cell phone or smoking a cigarette while they ride (or any combination of all three). And Japan doesn't really understand street signs. A few of the bigger streets have them, but not many. You just have to know where you are going. Sounds kinda like a big philosophical question, doesn't it? Do I know where I am going.......hmmmmm.


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