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(Kotaku)   Sorry, road closed, you'll have to drive two extra hours around Tokyo, but smile 🐱   ( divider line
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3844 clicks; posted to Geek » on 11 Jul 2013 at 5:15 PM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-07-11 05:24:54 PM  
They also have the craziest spaghetti expressway signs as well. Full Size
2013-07-11 06:37:01 PM  
I can imagine the reactions in the US:

1) What's up with that f****t sh*t? Our enemies see that they'll think we're weak.

2) God d*mn waste of my hard earned dollars, which I had to work hard for at my hard job

3) Who the h#ll stole all the construction barriers?
2013-07-11 06:58:28 PM  

EngineerAU: 3) Who the h#ll stole all the construction barriers?

This is the most likely over all.  Enough people are already stealing the boring stuff, we don't need to encourage them.
2013-07-11 07:17:33 PM  
Why the hell does Unicode have a letter for smiling cat faces?

/several, in fact
2013-07-11 07:28:29 PM  
Let's just be thankful no tentacles are involved.
2013-07-11 08:15:20 PM  

Millennium: Why the hell does Unicode have a letter for smiling cat faces?

/several, in fact

Bah.  "Unidentified Plane 1 0x10000 0x1FFFD".  What font do I need to download?
2013-07-11 08:25:05 PM  
They also have 2D cutout policeman mannequins with waving arms.   Someone in the article comments mentioned seeing that in Taiwan but I have seen them all over Tokyo as well.  Don't have any pics unfortunately.
2013-07-11 09:10:18 PM  
They do it to their construction equipment too; there was a cherry picker painted like a purple giraffe near where I lived.

And perhaps more amazingly, they do their roadworks overnight,quickly, and are done within hours, rather than years.
2013-07-11 09:37:34 PM  
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2013-07-12 05:06:32 AM  

germ78: They also have the craziest spaghetti expressway signs as well.
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It's not really that bad. This is coming into Tokyo from the North. You can see the Shinjuku Docomo tower up ahead.

There is an outer ring called the Gaikan that stretches from Chiba (eventually to the ocean in Ichikawa) to Nerima (and eventually to the Tomei expressway that links Tokyo and Nagoya).

The inner ring is the Shutoko which is the metropolitan Tokyo highway. It circles the city, is extremely narrow, and is fun as hell to drive when it's not completely stuck because some asshole slammed into a wall.

The lines radiating outwards head off in different directions. 1 goes between Tokyo and Nagoya through the northern pass near Mt. Fuji. B is the Wangan (Bayshore) route that runs from Yokohama, Kanagawa to Ichikawa, Chiba. Others run to the Northeast prefectures of Gunma and Ibaraki, Northwards to Saitama, and Westward towards Nagoya via the oceanside route.

The only thing that makes this a pain in the ass is that they meter based on where you enter and where you exit, so if you miss your exit, you can't double back for free like you can on most American highways.
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