December 4th, 2011

This is a prominent feature of a building in the neighborhood:


At first I thought it was a cool feature in a facility for kids. What kid wouldn’t love to have this around instead of a staircase? I went around the side of the building to see what kind of place would have this.

Turns out it’s an old folk’s home. Huh?

That puzzled me for a while, then I figured it out: if there’s a fire, many would have trouble going down stairs. It is, in all likelihood, an emergency slide.

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  1. Troy
    December 4th, 2011 at 10:44 | #1


    First I was all cool!

    Then I was all yeah.

    When I was FOB in 1992 there were ~20M kids aged 10-29 and 6M old folks aged 75+.

    Now there are 12M kids vs. ~10M folks.

    2020 will be ~12M vs. 16.5M.

    2050 will be ~8M vs. 20M. Japanese society will have reversed completely.

    I don’t know how this is going to play out, but maybe I’ll be one of those old people in Japan by 2050. That would be weird.

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