Driver’s License for a Six-Year Old
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Taking The Dreaded Driver's License Test -- KidZania Koshien -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1250 — map & image datanearby photos
Taking The Dreaded Driver's License Test

This is #5 in a series on our visit to KidZania in Nishinomiya, Japan, where Anthony's day so far has consisted of working as a gas-station attendant, getting some banking done, and a short stint as construction worker.

Anthony stopped by the driving school again, and found that the wait was shorter this time, so he decided to get his license. This, in turn, would allow him to rent a car, which then would allow him his ultimate goal of actually driving one (as seen in the gas-station post). It wouldn't be the first time he's driven (he drove a go-cart once last year), but it's still a rare chance.

KidZania Driving School -- KidZania Koshien -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/100 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
KidZania Driving School
Classroom Instruction the side facing the kids has information on road signs -- KidZania Koshien -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 360 — map & image datanearby photos
Classroom Instruction
the side facing the kids has information on road signs
Paying Close Attention I thought he looked bored, but when I asked later, he said it was difficult and was trying to concentrate -- KidZania Koshien -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 560 — map & image datanearby photos
Paying Close Attention
I thought he looked bored, but when I asked later, he said it was difficult and was trying to concentrate
Written Test -- KidZania Koshien -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/100 sec, f/2.8, ISO 900 — map & image datanearby photos
Written Test
Sitting for the License Photograph -- KidZania Koshien -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/250 sec, f/2.8, ISO 360 — map & image datanearby photos
Sitting for the License Photograph
License-Making Software -- KidZania Koshien -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/250 sec, f/5, ISO 2200 — map & image datanearby photos
License-Making Software
Checking Out His Newly-Minted Driver's License -- KidZania Koshien -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/250 sec, f/6.3, ISO 4000 — map & image datanearby photos
Checking Out His Newly-Minted Driver's License

Just as he was inspecting his new license, some guy walked right in front of me and hovered there, and so I missed the shot when a look of glee overcame Anthony's face and he gave a big toothy grin and an emphatic thumbs-up sign. Sigh.

Showing His New License a bit subdued by now, but still happy -- KidZania Koshien -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm — 1/250 sec, f/6.3, ISO 4500 — map & image datanearby photos
Showing His New License
a bit subdued by now, but still happy
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We have to renew Anthony's passport this week, and so yesterday I took a portrait shot for it, but I realize now that I could have just scanned and printed this photo! Coincidentally, he's even wearing the same shirt in the photo I took yesterday as the one here. Hmmm.....

Continued here...


All 4 comments so far, oldest first...

It’s pretty funny they had to take a test first. So at the end of the day do they need to file taxes? q;o)

I’m really, really enjoying this series – hope that’s not all there is of it.

— comment by Eric Mesa on July 9th, 2009 at 1:14am JST (8 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for this, Jeffrey. Very timely. We were just looking at Kidzania info yesterday and talking about going this summer. Your photos are great. I’m going to show Greg when he gets home.

— comment by nils on July 9th, 2009 at 12:54pm JST (8 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

In that traffic light picture in the test, did blue mean go?

Yeah, it’s a very weird thing about Japanese culture that though their concepts for “green” and “blue” match the rest of the human race, the one odd exception are traffic lights. A green-as-a-spring-bean “go” light is called “blue”. Anything else that exact same shade is called “green”. It’s so ingrained that I’ve never met a Japanese person who even considered that this was odd, much less even noticed the disconnect. However, it appears that the Driving School did notice the disconnect, and made the graphic to match the language, not the reality. —Jeffy

— comment by Marcina, USA on July 9th, 2009 at 9:17pm JST (8 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

This seems like such a cute and interesting place!

— comment by Jon on July 13th, 2009 at 11:12am JST (8 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink
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