Unless a couple is going on a driving-date, usually the girl doesn't ask her date to come and pick her up - instead they arrange for the two of them to meet up somewhere outside. Standard choices are the station ticket gates, or in font of a statue or a monument that's hard to miss. Commonly used meeting places include Shibuya station's "Hachiko" statue (depicting a dog) or the "Moai" statue (in the style of the famous Easter Island heads), Nagoya's giant female statue "Nanachan", the "BIGMAN" public information screen in Osaka or the "Lion Hiroba" (Lion Square) in Fukuoka. The statue of Hachiko, in particular, often appears as a meeting spot in various manga. In the first-date scenes of love-themed manga, you see a lot of scenes where the boy, desperate not to be late for the arranged meeting time, arrives early at the designated spot. When the girl eventually arrives and asks him "Did you wait long?", even if he's been there 30 minutes to an hour, it's normal for him to reply "Nah, I just got here myself". Nowadays, even if someone you are waiting for doesn't turn up at the appointed meeting spot, you can call their mobile phone to contact them directly, so waiting in vain for hours is effectively a thing of the past. However, such situations are still often seen in manga.