|The sign reads, "Please back in when you park."|
When I was in Japan two years ago, I realized that Japanese bus drivers are real pros. They can maneuver in tight spaces and they stop really close to cars in front of them, so whenever I rode the bus, I trusted them, even though I was a bit scared, too.
But, I didn't really have many chances to ride in cars, so I didn't get to really see what drivers in Japan were like. This time, I've been driving with my friend all over the place, so I've had many chances to observe cars. After a decent amount of time observing the drivers here, I have determined that drivers in Japan are crazy.
Why do you say that, you ask? The first reason is the problem with cars parking in the rode. It seems like the road can also be used as a parking lot. For Japanese people, it's perfectly normal, but in the US, anybody that did something like that would be hated and would likely be arrested.
The second reason why I think drivers in Japan are crazy is related to traffic signals. When the light isn't red or yellow, what color is it? If you're American, you'll say green, but if you're Japanese, you'll say blue. If you ask why, I'd say it's a complex issue, but Japanese green lights are closer to blue than the lights in the US, and historically, Japanese didn't have a word for green, only blue. That means that things that are called green today used to be called blue in Japanese (along with blue things, of course). That's pretty interesting, I'd say.
The last reason I think drivers in Japan are crazy is because they are obsessed with backing in to spaces when they park. They are taught to back in when they park, and there are even signs in parking lots that tell them to back in to their space when they park.
Well, maybe drivers in Japan aren't crazy, but to an American, they do seem a little weird.