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VOX POPULI: How one man’s genius paved the way for more accessible spaces

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Tactile paving, a system of textured ground surface indicators that is indispensable to visually impaired pedestrians, is composed of what are called "tenji burokku" (Braille blocks) in Japanese.

A circle is a sign to stop while a line tells you to proceed.

The system was originally developed in Japan by Seiichi Miyake (1926-1982) and eventually spread around the world.

Miyake saw action overseas during World War II. After the war, he returned to his native Okayama Prefecture where he managed a ryokan Japanese-style hotel in the city of Okayama and became known as an engineer and inventor.

In 1964, when the nation's "traffic war" was growing serious, Miyake was shocked to witness a person with........

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