A flag-waver in action. Or inaction, more like.
Japan has a fairly low unemployment rate compared to many industrialised nations, but the reason for this is plain to see. It's the flag-wavers.
Flag-wavers are usually elderly gentlemen who stand near construction sites, waving their flags at passing pedestrians and motorists to show them the way, in case they suddenly fail to see the road straight in front of them.
However, the construction boom of yesteryear is no more, but the flag-wavers remain. Only yesterday I found two such wavers, standing in the middle of a normal road that was undergoing no construction whatsoever.
They appeared lost and confused, without a sense of purpose, searching for a construction site, but finding nothing. So instead they decided to pitch up and direct traffic that didn't need directing. There are thousands of such wavers in Japan, not necessarily necessary, but they do keep the unemployment figures looking rosy.
As I was observing them yesterday, I managed to catch one piece of drama, which I have depicted in the photo story below.
THE FLAG-WAVERS - a photo story
FLAG-WAVERS INACTION - a movie
Enjoy a 30-second video of two flag wavers going at it hammer and tongs.