Kids in my area of Japan usually walk home from school alone or in groups. (I believe it is like this all over Japan….but I can’t say for sure….seems like it would be a long walk in the countryside.)
So this means they must cross streets alone. There is concern that the kids will not be seen by drivers, since they are so small, after all. Thus, various methods to make them more visible are employed.
One thing that kids learn, is to raise their arm/s straight up while crossing streets. This makes them *taller* and thus, more visible.
Sometimes they wear yellow hats etc.
Another method is to tote a small yellow flag while crossing the street.
on either side of an intersection, you will sometimes find a flag holder attached to a pole, filled with many little yellow flags. A child takes a flag, crosses the street, and leaves it in the flag holder on the other side of the intersection!
Sometimes my gaijin blood gets the best of me and it is hard to resist the urge to take just ONE little flag home with me in the wee hours when no one is watching…..but I always feel like I’m jeopardizing the safety of a little munchkin, so i never do…
Not to mention how it is tempting to snag one of these CUTE little kids long enough to cuddle them real good….but I never do that either……
But it is tempting….they are just so CUTE!!!! >_< UGH!