Is it really necessary to know how far away from Tokyo I am?
This is not 148 km to Tokyo: it’s 148 km from Tokyo!
These signs appear every 5 km or so letting motorists know this vital information.
In some places there is one every kilometer: these must be nervous distances for many people.
If I wanted to go to Tokyo, I’d be on the other side of the road going the opposite direction.
Can’t people just turn their heads and check out the distance signs on the other side of the road if they are that curious?
note: The BBC channel fills 30 second slots with “This Week” telling people what happened this week 10, 20, or 50 years ago. It’s always depressing news: air crashes, natural disasters, asassinations, oil spills, …
Isn’t today’s news bad enough without being reminded of bad news from 20 years ago?
double note: “Pipeline explosion kills 700 in Nigeria in 1998” in case you were wondering. Thanks BBC.
triple note: I wonder if there is a sign saying “1 km from Tokyo“. That would be funny.