The story behind Japan's "pedestrian crossing" sign

japan pedestrian crossing - japan's sign for pedestrian crossing
By K31
Philippines
September 14, 2011 1:35am CST
I'm not sure if this story's true or not but while watching an old Japanese show called "USO?! Japan", they featured an urban legend about the story behind Japan's pedestrian crossing sign. They said that Japan held a nationwide photo competition so that they can come up with a new pedestrian crossing sign. One photographer joined and he was waiting for a very looooooong time and still haven't seen his needed image in mind. While we was ready to give up and started to pack his things, he saw 2 figures which seems to be father-and-daughter, hand-in-hand, walking down the street. The man looked at him quickly and child looked at him but since they seems to be in a hurry, she quickly followed her father, still hand-in-hand (you see, they simply passed by him). This is the image he had in mind so he quickly took some shots (just their backs, walking down the street), submitted the picture and he won. The sign was turned into a caricature and was used as the pedestrian crossing sign. After a few weeks, he saw in the local tv news that a child was kidnapped and was missing for quite some time. The news indicated that the suspect was arrested and showed the picture of the man. The photographer immediately noticed the man. He is the same man whom he thought as the father of the child. According to the news, the child was kidnapped and the suspect asked her parents to come up with a huge ransom money. Since the parents can't come up with the amount during the given time frame, he killed and mutilated the child. The time when the child looked at him was her, saying to the photographer: "Help Me...."
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6 responses
20 Sep 11
this story gave me chills.. what a horrible sick and twisted world we live in! i'm not entirely sure if i like the fac that there is a constant reminder that the world is full of creeps.. or whether its a good thing to be reminded of this to stay safe etc! amazing story anyway!
• Philippines
20 Sep 11
Thanks! When I watched this story being told my friends and I totally remained silent for a short while then shivered. It's indeed a bothersome story. If this is indeed not true, then whoever came up with such story sure have some imagination :P
20 Sep 11
it seems almost too unreal to be made up if you get me? like something is so far-fetched and weird it almost HAS to be true, you know? lol!
• Philippines
26 Sep 11
Lolz! I do get your point :D Whatever it is, it's pretty creepy _
@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
15 Sep 11
Hi kei! This gave me goosebumps. Is this really true? Or is this merely an urban legend? If this was true then I think I will curse that photographer for not helping the kid. He was too focused on his ambition that he was not able to notice what's going around him. If he really was an observant person, like photographers are, he would have noticed that the child is not the guy's daughter and that something was wrong. I think it was destiny teaching him a lesson. His winning the contest did not give him glory but guilt.
• Philippines
16 Sep 11
I really am not sure. No one really affirmed if this is true or not and since this came from Japan, I really don't know (you know how good Japanese are on telling ghost stories :P)
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@secretbear (19464)
• Philippines
17 Sep 11
Yeah! There's a possibility they just made it up.
20 Sep 11
it gave me goosebumps too. i've just told a few people i work with. what a horrible constant reminder of the sick and twisted individuals that are in this world!!
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@Mayuko (1272)
• United States
17 Jan 12
Oh....that's so unfortunate. I hope that isn't a true story.
• Philippines
18 Jan 12
I hope for the same thing too. I can't help but feel pity for the child.
@lady1993 (20692)
• Philippines
26 Sep 11
That is just a sad story.. Why didn't the girl even ask for help? She must have been terrified.. the photographer must be very guilty, since he could have been able to help the girl. This is just sad, this just serves as a reminder to be keen on surroundings...
• Philippines
26 Sep 11
The girl must've been told to keep quiet. If the kid's that young and she doesn't know anyone, the only thing she can do is follow the man in order to spare/save her own life. That's just so true. The photographer might have been clueless of the crime but he DID notice the man and the kid, he definitely must've felt guilty :(
• Calgary, Alberta
14 Sep 11
that is a very creepy story,who would have thought as something like a normal view could be something disturbing. Its really a very angering story. child murderers and pedos should burn in hell. Wether its true or not its a warning that we should pay attention. its one of the most shocking urban legend I had ever read. I will never see that sign the same again.
• Philippines
15 Sep 11
That's just so true. The time when I saw this story, I got goosebumps _
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@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
14 Sep 11
If this story is indeed true, then I'd say that the pedestrian sign crossing is a dreadful reminder of a very horrible crime and should be replaced. I wouldn't blame the photographer because how was he to know. However, his photograph would have helped in the investigation at least to capture the killer and be brought to justice.
• Philippines
14 Sep 11
I really don't know if this is true or not. I just relied the story as how it was told on the show :D But yeah, if this is indeed true, it's a horrible crime indeed.