Source of photo: https://www.fashion-press.net/news/52332
Forward parking vs backward parking
Source of photo: https://www.wowneta.jp/news-read/22854.html
As you can see it in the above left image, Japan is a country of backward parking. Even speeding drivers follow the rule. Do you know why that is? Some people (outside Japan) may think there’s no difference; it’s like putting off trouble later or not. If it’s a matter of personal preference, the ratio should be nearly fifty-fifty. The fact is very simple: it’s easier in a small country like Japan. I don’t explain here why backward parking is easier in a small area, but it is clear from the fact that forklift trucks required to turn in a small radius are rear-wheel steering.
In Japan, people are crowded into a small inhabitable area.
Source of photo: https://www.restec.or.jp/gallery/2982
I may have been misleading in the above paragraph. Japan’s land area is not that small (ranked as #61 among more than 190 countries in the world), but about 70% of the land is covered by forest. Compared by population density in inhabitable area, Japan is ranked as #10. Japan’s abundant forest resources make our inhabitable area smaller and develop our unique culture, like backward-parking and so much more.
Wooden furniture industry and space-saving mind
fostered by forest
Due to a small inhabitable area, we have improved a lot of techniques to use limited spaces effectively. The good example is two-in-one inventions, like one of our products “ALP sofa” that can be used as both a living seat and a dining bench. The long-selling wooden sofa was developed as a direct and indirect result of Japan’s abundant forest resources, and such a spirit of rationality is always seen somewhere in our products.