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Who is Seiichi Miyake? Google Doodle honours Japanese inventor who created ‘tenji blocks’ | The Independent
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Who is Seiichi Miyake? Google Doodle honours Japanese inventor who created ‘tenji blocks’
Miyake developed tactile paving to help visually impaired pedestrians

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The work of pioneering Japanese inventor Seiichi Miyake is being honoured by today’s Google Doodle. 

Miyake is best known for developing tactile paving – bumpy or striped surfaces on stairs, pavements and train platforms – to help visually impaired pedestrians avoid potential hazards.

He came up with the idea in 1965 as he sought to help a visually impaired friend navigate his way around busy public areas.

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The panels, initially known as tenji blocks, were first introduced in Japan’s Okayama City on this day in 1967, before being made mandatory by the country’s rail network a year later.

This led other cities across Japan, including Tokyo and Osaka, to develop tactile paving in the following years.
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