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How Japanese Addresses Work

Discussion in 'The Pub' at netrider.net.au started by grange, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. #1 grange, Jan 29, 2010
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 13, 2015
    This is a good clip that describes how, that often the opposite to something can be still correct....


  2. Good find Grange, challenges preconceptions always a good thing. :)
  3. Very very interesting mate! thanks for posting
  4. Ancient Greeks did the same with doctors -- if you got sick they didnt get paid

    the block district thing in Japan is easy for me as a builder

    that's how new subdivisions are addressed here in Canberra for us builders (we dont care about the street just the land - street is empty space ) before street names are put in -- I have been using that system for 25 years personally and its been that way in Canberra since forever
  5. But how does that system help a person find a house if they aren't familiar with the area and don't know what order the houses were built?
  6. That's why postal office workers in Japan had serious job security*. They're the only ones who didn't have to go around like bumbling idiots to find an address. For instance, if you give a taxi driver an address to go to in Japan, and it's very common for them to stop by the near kouban (a mini police station planted around various parts of a city) near the final destination to ask the whereabouts of the building/house within that particular area.

    That said, I DO like how they list out their address. They write their address in opposite order as well. That is, you zone in from a greater area down to the house. For example it'd be like writing: Australia, Postal Code, City/Suburb, Street Name, Street Number, Unit Number. That system makes more intuitive sense to me.

    (*I say "had" as I don't know the aftermath privatation of their postal system.)