You have probably seen these tiles world over, but in Japan, where they have been invented they are truly EVERYWHERE! In #europe and the US they can mostly be found as a single tile on the edge of a #sidewalk towards a #crosswalk or #subway platforms. However, in Japan, they go uninterrupted for miles. And the interesting feature that we noticed while there is that tiles with parallel long strips indicate to keep moving forward, while the ones with raised dots indicate caution, as shown on this photos - meaning the path branches. The dots ones are common in the US, but they are not at all extensive as in Japan. We haven’t seen a single street without the yellow tactile tiles. I also saw a man with a cain using them and completely going along the tiles by touching them with his cain, without having to worry they will just, all of a sudden, stop.
These tactile tiles were invented by a Japanese engineer Seiichi Miyake in 1967 and were first ever laid down in Okayama City. He used his own money to make first tiles that were meant for his friend who was slowly loosing his sight. 💜