Tuesday, May 25, 2010

culture shock

One day last week, Satoshi and I were walking back from lunch and we saw the most bizarre thing.

A policeman pulled someone off to the side as the car came down the ramp of the freeway.

Now, while this does not sound unusual, it was the way this policeman decided to pull the car off to the side that freaked us out.

As we were walking past the off-ramp, the policeman ran out to the middle of three lanes and started holding out his hands and blowing his whistle.

The car barely noticed the policeman and all the while the policeman was tooting his whistle, and trying to stop the car with his hands out in front of him.

Finally at about a foot before hitting the policeman, the car pulled off to the side of the road.

We were watching all of this and thinking WT?

Amazingly the policeman wasn't hurt, but we thought this method was quite primitive and wondered why he wasn't working with another policeman.

NOTES: (Most policemen patrol on mopeds or bicycles around the neighborhood, the ones on motorcycles are mostly seen on the freeways.)


Rowena said...

WT? I'm gonna tell you the first word that came to my mind in regards to Mr. Policeman: kamakaze-ish

K and S said...

yup kamikaze is a good word to describe the policeman, Rowena :0

Take care.

Deb in Hawaii said...

Yikes! That is a little strange/scary! ;-)

K and S said...

It is scary Debinhawaii, we were saying that the police in Hawaii would've chased after the guy on a motorcycle rather than try that.

Take care.

Barbara said...

When I was in Japan I was being driven home to my hotel by my friends brother.It was about 11PM and a policeman stopped us and asked to see our ID. At the time the Russian president was in Tokyo and my hotel was in the area he was staying.

K and S said...

Amazing that they were checking everyone Barbara :)

Take care.