Remember the "L-Plate"? In Singapore, new car drivers have to place the "L Plate" prominently to alert the others that, "Hey, I am new in driving. Pardon if I make any silly mistakes." Mmm.. what's the equivalent in Japan?
In Japan, there have 2 kinds of magnetic stickers which you can use:
Yellow with green arrow-like sticker (初心運転者標識) is for new drivers.
And the other，yellow with orange sticker shaped like a water droplet （高齢運転者標識）, is for elderly drivers, aged 75 and above.
Updated: As of 1 Feb 2011, the symbol for elderly drivers has been changed to a four-leaves clover. Drivers from the age of 70 will have to display the symbol on their cars.
I decided to get mine at the 100-yen shop, and affix it to my bicycle. Yeah.. bicycle. :P I saw an old neighbour doing the same for his water droplet leaf sticker, and decided to follow suit as well, especially since I was being honked at the last time I cycled to the supermart. The cyclist behind me had thought that I was hogging the pavement on purpose.
To the Japanese, it seems to be second nature to be able to cycle. After running, the next to teach a child is cycling. I saw many young children learning how to cycle in the park. Mmm.. unfortunately, this is not the case for me. I am a late learner in cycling. And I practically have no experience cycling on the roads prior to this.
Hence if you spot an adult cyclist who meanders around, that is probably me.
Hope soon, I can be confident enough to commute with my bicycle and hence remove my 初心者 sticker.
P.S: There are stickers for the physically challenged drivers, and hearing impaired drivers as well.