The story behind Japan's "pedestrian crossing" sign
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...."
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!
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.
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...
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.
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.