There were few cars on the roadway of Shiba, perhaps because it was a weekend. No cars crossed in front of pedestrians waiting at traffic lights. But the pedestrians did not move. No one is ignoring the red light and trying to cross the street. They are waiting for the light to turn green. It seems like a normal scene to me, but that may be because I am Japanese.
I thought so because Philippe Troussier, who once served as coach of the Japanese national football team, once said that "no one crosses a red light even when it is clearly safe to do so" is a reflection of the Japanese national character of "simply following the rules and not making decisions and taking action on one's own." But is that so? It is too monotonous to take for granted. It depends on whether people are impatient or not rather than on their national character of not making decisions independently, not crossing a red light even if it is safe.
If they are too impatient to wait for the light to turn green, they will ignore the red light and cross, and if they can afford to, they will wait. I think it is as simple as that. When I visited Iran in the past, there were fewer traffic signals than the number of cars running in urban areas, and people were crossing the road through the gaps in the flow of cars. But I don't think Iranians are such an independent group of people. I think it is simply because they cannot cross the street as long as they wait.
|Jan 2023 IN THE CITY TOKYO|
|PEDESTRIAN PEDESTRIAN CROSSING SHADOW SHIBA|
January 5, 2023
SONY ALPHA 7R II
ZEISS BATIS 2/40 CF