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J-style Social Distancing Measurements for the Rest of Us

Yesterday I posted about Japan’s highly amusing subway posters that tell people to stand one tuna away from fellow pandemic commuters…

Graphic demonstrating how far away to stand from others during pandemic, using giant tuna as measurement

But in the rest of the world, giant tuna are not exactly an everyday sight. I heard that Florida was suggesting a more familiar local measurement:

Graphic demonstrating how far away to stand from others during pandemic, using alligator as measurement

Lol. But how big is an alligator, really? As I’m not from Florida myself, I’d be standing about a hundred (or maybe a thousand) feet from the next person in line. Where I’m from, people could more easily space themselves with these:

Graphic demonstrating how far away to stand from others during pandemic, using surfboard as measurement

Or, the universal urban teeth-gnashing measurement, these:

Graphic demonstrating how far away to stand from others during pandemic, using parking space as measurement

Or, for even more local flavor, these:

Graphic demonstrating how far away to stand from others during pandemic, using longhorn steer as measurement

Not to mention these:

Graphic demonstrating how far away to stand from others during pandemic, using walleye fish as measurement

And although opinions wildly differ with regard to the size, and nobody (even in Roswell) knows for sure, I feel that people would probably err on the side of caution with these:

Graphic demonstrating how far away to stand from others during pandemic, using UFO as measurement

And even though I erred on the side of providing these regional social distancing suggestions for my fellow Americans, I did want my friends Down Unda to have this:

Graphic demonstrating how far away to stand from others during pandemic, using huntsman spider as measurement

With deepest homage to Japanese designer Eisuke Tachikawa and his design firm Nosigner and thanks for their original excellently amusing takes on judging how far to stand from fellow commuters in a pandemic

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

3 thoughts on “J-style Social Distancing Measurements for the Rest of Us Leave a comment

  1. I am confined to quarters: meals sent to my door. I can use the swim pool, by appointment only. Not a bad arrangement, since I can be the solitary swimmer for 1/2 hour only. I can also use the library to take books home, but no chairs in the library for browsing. I know I should be using this time to clean closets, but that hasn’t happened yet!

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  2. Dear Jonelle,

    I was looking for ideas for cute social distancing signs for our church craft fair coming up in mid October in So Cal. By now, everyone knows what to do, but to be safe and reassuring to our guests we wanted to have friendly reminders. May I use your California version? As we are a Lutheran church, I think it would be fun to use the Minnesota version as well. I’d buy them if you are selling them. Otherwise I would print it out and be sure to put your name on it to credit you.

    Thank you for your consideration!
    Warmly,
    Heidi

    • Heidi, I would be SO HAPPY if you used my graphics! Please use any that you like. There’s nothing I’d like more than to bring a smile to the faces of some lovely Minnesota Lutherans—I’ve got dearly beloved family in Minneapolis, and when I tell you the magic secret passwords, “This is most certainly true!” you’ll know something else we have in common…(*^ω^*)

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