Street Numbers in Japan
February 11, 2008 9:40 AM Subscribe
Are street numbers for houses in Japan assigned chronologically (older to newer), or spatially (as in the US)?
posted by Jeff Howard to Human Relations (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
In the Hidden Dimension by Edward T. Hall, he mentions that houses in Japan used to be assigned numbers depending on when the house was constructed, regardless of its location on the block, so that primacy was built into the addressing system (sort of like Metafilter's user id).
Was this ever the case? Is it still the case? And what other cultural patterns exist for designating unique identification for residences?