Copied from my PowerPoint for Multicultural Communication (Miyagi sensei class). Read more at the references!
Here is my presentation regarding to this information.
Do you know that “go” sign for pedestrian light in japan actually has a bluish hue in its green color. Even it is called “ao” which means “blue” not “midori” which means “green”. I was first amazed by how Japanese obey the value of discipline so that they would not cross the street even though there are not any cars on sight. The same case applies when cars line up to wait for people. It is all very well till you may say that Japanese are a really civilized society, it is like they define the term itself.
The funny thing when I try to look at the traffic light is that it is not actually green like I saw in hollywood movies. It is blue. Why? I believe that as language evolves, kanji got simplified and its reading changed by age, then the term green changed into blue. But to accommodate international regulation, the Japanese government did not want to change the “ao” term that has been rooted to the society just because of the international regulation. And once again, Japan proves themselves to be a country that successfully adapt to internationalization by preserving local values, history, and tradition. This light color is greatly affected by Japanese painting’s main color which are: red, yellow, and blue. They greatly appreciate arts to then, don’t they?
Hahaha, this post is, again, meant to be short. I want to do more actually but time runs out and my Japanese need some attention, lol. See ya!