When you walk streets in Japan especially in suburb areas, you sometimes find sign boards shaped into a boy posing as if he rushes out into the street. There is no official name for them but people call “tobidashi boya,” meaning “rush-out boy” in English.
The sign boards are set around streets for children to be cautious not to rush out, and also for drivers to be cautious of children rushing out.
This is a typical tobidashi boya.
This is a girl version.
In some regions, local PTAs make their own tobidashi boya.
These are characters from K-On! a Japanese popular manga and anime series.
This one looks like Maru-chan from popular anime Chibi Maruko-chan.
Rush-out Hello Kitty
Image from YouTube video by yoshisukecompany2008
Realism rush-out girl.
How many can you find?
There is a grand mother and boy, and another boy in the bask.
Shiga Prefecture is known for setting a lot of rush-out boys on its streets. The signs are found a lot in quiet towns rather than urban cities where this kind of signs can be obstacles to traffics.
This is a leg of rush out boy… It was probably hit by a car.
I think it tells a lot to children (^_^)
This is JAPAN Style!