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Japanese culture is absolutely incomparable to any in our Western world. Their deeply rooted politeness, precision, and dedication to work are rarely seen anywhere else. And though you might know Japan as a home to anime, sumo wrestlers, cherry blossoms and bullet trains, their ingenuity shows in many other aspects of their daily lives. Starting with extremely innovative toilets and vending machines filled with fresh farm eggs, to the unique system of Tokyo subway and drainage canals swarming with Koi fish. These are just a particle of the interesting facts about Japanese culture. Actually, there are so many that this one post couldn't fit them all.

Bored Panda has compiled some of the weirdest inventions, cultural practices and amazing facts about Japan that will make this country your go-to destination.

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Bus Drivers In Japan Were On Strike But Continued Driving Their Routes While Refusing To Take Fares From Passengers

Bus Drivers In Japan Were On Strike But Continued Driving Their Routes While Refusing To Take Fares From Passengers

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6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have double thoughts about it. Part of me, thinks this is awsome and effective, but the othe other part thinks that, if you don't make regular people uncomfortable too, you make less impact and the people might not want to support your cause because for them, the protest is only beneficial. If everyone's uncomfortable, everyone will be like "Oh, give them what they want, so this can f***ing end!" But then, again, not everyone is the same, and my appreciation for this kind of striking is prevailing. So, I praise these drivers.

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    Drink Cans Have Names Written In Braille On The Top

    Drink Cans Have Names Written In Braille On The Top

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    Japanese Fans Stayed Behind After The FIFA World Cup 2014 Match To Help Clean Up

    Japanese Fans Stayed Behind After The FIFA World Cup 2014 Match To Help Clean Up

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    every blue bag filled should be a rewarded with a free ticket to the next match

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    #4

    There Are Baby Seats Attached To The Wall In Most Bathrooms

    There Are Baby Seats Attached To The Wall In Most Bathrooms

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    I Recently Gave Birth In Japan. Here Is Some Of The Hospital Food I Ate

    I Recently Gave Birth In Japan. Here Is Some Of The Hospital Food I Ate

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    stellermatt
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    you know what ya get in the UK? toast. I mean, it's damn good toast, but...

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    #6

    You Can Often Find This Kind Of Toilet In Japan. Wash Your Hands And Reuse The Water For Your Next Flush

    You Can Often Find This Kind Of Toilet In Japan. Wash Your Hands And Reuse The Water For Your Next Flush

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    Nini Meow
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    We the current water scarcity this idea should be incorporated every where

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    #7

    Japan's Manhole Covers Are Beautiful

    Japan's Manhole Covers Are Beautiful

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    Most Japanese Schools Don't Have Custodians. Instead, The Students Do The Cleaning Themselves As A Part Of Showing Gratitude To The School And Learning How To Become More Productive Members Of Society

    Most Japanese Schools Don't Have Custodians. Instead, The Students Do The Cleaning Themselves As A Part Of Showing Gratitude To The School And Learning How To Become More Productive Members Of Society

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    Yuka Momoyo
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Japanese here...Every school do have custodians though...the students certainly don't clean the teachers' restrooms... and the custodian usually take care of the garden area too.

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    #9

    The Note In Japanese Says, "I Accidentally Knocked Over Your Bike And Broke The Bell. I Am Very Sorry"

    The Note In Japanese Says, "I Accidentally Knocked Over Your Bike And Broke The Bell. I Am Very Sorry"

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    #10

    This Is How Smooth The Bullet Train Is In Japan

    This Is How Smooth The Bullet Train Is In Japan

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    #11

    I Dropped My Shopping Bag On The Streets Of Osaka And When I Went Back To Look For It Later That Day, Someone Had Placed It Next To A Tree Untouched

    I Dropped My Shopping Bag On The Streets Of Osaka And When I Went Back To Look For It Later That Day, Someone Had Placed It Next To A Tree Untouched

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    stellermatt
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    apparently there was once a time when this sort of honesty ruled the world?

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    #12

    Commuters In Tokyo Pushed A Train Car To Save A Woman Who Fell And Got Stuck Between The Car And The Platform

    Commuters In Tokyo Pushed A Train Car To Save A Woman Who Fell And Got Stuck Between The Car And The Platform

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    #13

    Koi Fishes Even Live In Drainage Channels In Japan

    Koi Fishes Even Live In Drainage Channels In Japan

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    Japanese Toilets Often Have A Button That Plays White Noise/Water Sounds So You Can Poop Without Other People Hearing Your Business

    Japanese Toilets Often Have A Button That Plays White Noise/Water Sounds So You Can Poop Without Other People Hearing Your Business

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    First time I used this toilet I was slightly disconcerted by the accuracy of the water jet but pleasantly surprised by its effectiveness

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    #15

    Another Reason Why I Love Japan

    Another Reason Why I Love Japan

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    Isabel Tamayo
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    And in escalators, they stay left (I think) if you'll just stand and if you'll walk you go right...

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    #16

    In Trains You Can Rotate The Seats In Any Direction

    In Trains You Can Rotate The Seats In Any Direction

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    Erin Smidt
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    This is true in China as well. Makes for some great conversation time on long train rides!

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    #17

    Another Great Japanese Invention: Umbrella Lockers. So You Don't Have To Carry Them Around Inside A Building And Nobody Takes Yours 'Accidentally'

    Another Great Japanese Invention: Umbrella Lockers. So You Don't Have To Carry Them Around Inside A Building And Nobody Takes Yours 'Accidentally'

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    #18

    This Toilet In Japan Has A System Of Occupied/Vacant Toilets Information

    This Toilet In Japan Has A System Of Occupied/Vacant Toilets Information

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    This Japanese Gum I Have Came With Little Pieces Of Paper Inside For You To Spit Your Gum In To When You’re Finished With It

    This Japanese Gum I Have Came With Little Pieces Of Paper Inside For You To Spit Your Gum In To When You’re Finished With It

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    This Shopping Center In Japan Has Free Refrigerated Lockers For Your Perishables So You Can Keep Shopping After You Get Your Groceries

    This Shopping Center In Japan Has Free Refrigerated Lockers For Your Perishables So You Can Keep Shopping After You Get Your Groceries

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    At Narita International Airport (Tokyo) They Give You Free Origami Instead Of Candy

    At Narita International Airport (Tokyo) They Give You Free Origami Instead Of Candy

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    #23

    Photo I Took Of Tokyo Commuters Waiting For Their Train

    Photo I Took Of Tokyo Commuters Waiting For Their Train

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    Sylvia van der Linden
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    In the Dominican Republic people can wait patiently too. And if a pregnant woman appears, they let her go to the front immediately.

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    Japanese Being Japanese

    Japanese Being Japanese

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    Lemonsito
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Look how disciplined the Japanese dots are... and look at the others..haha

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    #25

    This Smartphone Wiper Dispenser In Japan

    This Smartphone Wiper Dispenser In Japan

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    #26

    In Japan, Even The Deer Are Polite

    In Japan, Even The Deer Are Polite

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Most of these deers are extremely aggressive!!! They bit me all the way from a snack stand to the entrance of the temple. And bit me again when I'm not feeding them fast enough. I suffered so much trying to save some snacks for the little ones...

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    #27

    In Japan, The Ground Crew Bows And Waves Goodbye To The Departing Aircraft

    In Japan, The Ground Crew Bows And Waves Goodbye To The Departing Aircraft

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    Isabel Tamayo
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    What I love about them is their sense of courtesy... When you are around a neighborhood and go down for a morning walk, neighbors will greet you a warm "Ohayo!" (Good morning!) It's very heartwarming..

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    #28

    Japanese Airport Staff Sorted Luggages On The Belt By Their Colour

    Japanese Airport Staff Sorted Luggages On The Belt By Their Colour

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    In the US they get thrown onto a large heap... (just look at yesterday's video...)

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    #29

    This Bedside Lamp At My Hotel In Japan Can Be Half Lit

    This Bedside Lamp At My Hotel In Japan Can Be Half Lit

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    Ordered This From Japan And It Came With A Little Note And Origami Crane

    Ordered This From Japan And It Came With A Little Note And Origami Crane

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    #31

    Children's Seat On The Fujikyu Railway Line In Japan

    Children's Seat On The Fujikyu Railway Line In Japan

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    Toreiyu Tsubasa Train In Japan Is Equipped With Footbaths So You Can Enjoy A Relaxing Trip

    Toreiyu Tsubasa Train In Japan Is Equipped With Footbaths So You Can Enjoy A Relaxing Trip

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    Japanese Often Line Up For Buses, Trains, Restaurants Or Shops And Can Wait In Lines For Long Periods Of Time. Kids Learn How To Line Up As Early As Kindergarten As It Teaches Self-Discipline, Cooperation And Respect

    Japanese Often Line Up For Buses, Trains, Restaurants Or Shops And Can Wait In Lines For Long Periods Of Time. Kids Learn How To Line Up As Early As Kindergarten As It Teaches Self-Discipline, Cooperation And Respect

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    "Kids Learn How To Line Up " Try it in my country and parents would lynch the teacher who restricted the freedom of their little psychopaths!

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    #34

    Almost Everyone In Japan Reverse Parks

    Almost Everyone In Japan Reverse Parks

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    yes they do. almost everyone even managed to park very neatly and as closely together as possible too. I wonder how hard it was to gain a driver's license there, bc I sure as heck won't ever passed them if I took it.

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    #35

    Tokyo Train Company Tsukuba Express Apologized For 20-Second-Early Departure

    Tokyo Train Company Tsukuba Express Apologized For 20-Second-Early Departure

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Whaaat, wooow :O In my country the trains sometimes doesn't come at all and nobody tells you why :D

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    #36

    This Lift In Japan Has A Seat That Can Be Used As A Toilet In An Emergency

    This Lift In Japan Has A Seat That Can Be Used As A Toilet In An Emergency

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I'm more impressed with the deodorant, so even if you're stuck in the lift for hours, you don't need to worry about the embarrassment of getting stinky : )

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    #37

    Restaurants In Japan Display Fake Food That Looks Just Like The Real One From The Menu

    Restaurants In Japan Display Fake Food That Looks Just Like The Real One From The Menu

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    Japanese ATM's Have Cane Holders Due To The Aging Population

    Japanese ATM's Have Cane Holders Due To The Aging Population

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    There Are Over 300 Scramble Intersections In Japan Where You Can Cross A Street Diagonally

    There Are Over 300 Scramble Intersections In Japan Where You Can Cross A Street Diagonally

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    That was also at the intersection at my university entrance (HUFS, Seoul). So cool! ♥

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    At Some Tourist Spots In Japan There Are Stands To Hold Your Smartphone So You Can Take Good Selfies

    At Some Tourist Spots In Japan There Are Stands To Hold Your Smartphone So You Can Take Good Selfies

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    Nini Meow
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I'll be in the constant fear of it getting snatched.. something that may not happen in Japan but still.

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    #41

    Japanese Hotel Apologies For One Minute Internet Stoppage At 4am

    Japanese Hotel Apologies For One Minute Internet Stoppage At 4am

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I'm curious how many people would even have noticed the interruption.

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    #42

    The Elevators In My Office Building Have An Umbrella Sign That Lights Up If It's Raining Outside (Osaka, Japan)

    The Elevators In My Office Building Have An Umbrella Sign That Lights Up If It's Raining Outside (Osaka, Japan)

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    Daria B
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    The building where my office is at, like most office buildings in the world, does not have a sign like that. Yesterday, had the lift had this sign, it could have spared me the trip back to the 18th floor to take my umbrella.

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    #43

    This Hospital In Japan Offers Glasses With Different Prescriptions For Filling Out Forms

    This Hospital In Japan Offers Glasses With Different Prescriptions For Filling Out Forms

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I just started needing reading glasses and still don't carry a pair with me (lazy or vain, you pick). This would save a lot of embarrassment (and squinting lol)

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    #45

    In Japan, You Not Only Have To Take Your Shoes Off And Change Them To Slippers At The Entrance, But Also Use Different Slippers When You Go To The Bathroom

    In Japan, You Not Only Have To Take Your Shoes Off And Change Them To Slippers At The Entrance, But Also Use Different Slippers When You Go To The Bathroom

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I thought this was the common norm... at least in the few countries in SEA I've been to

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    #47

    Everybody Lines Up Their Carts Nicely At The Food Court In Costco In Japan

    Everybody Lines Up Their Carts Nicely At The Food Court In Costco In Japan

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    These Fitting Room Instructions In Japan. Cover Your Face To Prevent Makeup From Getting On The Garment

    These Fitting Room Instructions In Japan. Cover Your Face To Prevent Makeup From Getting On The Garment

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I think it is the right one, when you have a make-up, so in this way clothes will stay clean

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    #49

    In Japan They Sell Square Watermelons To Fit Better In The Refrigerator

    In Japan They Sell Square Watermelons To Fit Better In The Refrigerator

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    Toothpick At A Mall In Japan Had A Mint Coated Tip

    Toothpick At A Mall In Japan Had A Mint Coated Tip

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    #51

    This Urinal In Japan Is A Video Game You Play With Your Pee

    This Urinal In Japan Is A Video Game You Play With Your Pee

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    ..do they have this in the ladies room too? .... asking for a friend...

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    #52

    Only In Japan Would Someone Leave These Out While They Sleep

    Only In Japan Would Someone Leave These Out While They Sleep

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Note: there are many pickpockets in trains in Tokyo. Like, this guy is either crazy or very very tired. Because I would never do that...

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    #53

    Designated Smoking Rooms On Trains In Japan

    Designated Smoking Rooms On Trains In Japan

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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    That’s cool in my opinion. Smoking is bad but it’s mainly a personal choice like drinking alcohol or overeating. Instead of nearly outlawing it, they accommodate.

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    This Japanese Handrail Bends With The Steps

    This Japanese Handrail Bends With The Steps

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    Kevin Donegan
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    6 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I don't think this would be safer or easier to use than the straight handrail.

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