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Odd spikes on Japanese railroad

Odd spikes on Japanese railroad

This picture was taken by me on my first trip to Japan in 2012. I was in Kamakura to see the great Buddha, daibutsu. But in this picture you can see some iron spikes on the ground. On a rail road. Why are they there? The only reason I can see is that it’s to prevent people from crossing from one street to the other, diagonally, across the railroad.

To make them not dare to do it. If someone did try it and fell… damn that have to hurt! It’s both smart, and… cruel.

Categories: culture, Japan, travel
  1. NihongoGears
    02/26/2014 at 11:44

    Looks like some kind of torturing instrument in Middle Ages…
    I’ve never seen this before. Your account makes sense, but if it was the case it’s obviously overkill.
    Thanks for the interesting picture!

    • 02/26/2014 at 22:04

      Whatever else would it be?! ww

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