What are these Japanese things?

utility obi
 
“Buskila” on Reddit/japan asked…

Q: said-openAnybody knows what these things are for?said-closed
 
A: It’s a festive obi/sash used to dress up the National Tree of Japan, the sacred Concrete Utility Pole.
Although the yellow one shown on the right is plastic, the steel obi (see below left) are more common and they are there to protect the sacred Poles from damage since the nature-loving Japanese are very fond planting the National Tree in their roadways (below right).
steel-obiroad_not-footpath


Learn more about Japan’s National Tree in our previous reports:

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Taro

I'm a boring pale alien salaryman, who worked 25+ years at "Maybe-the-Largest Inc" in Tokyo.

3 thoughts on “What are these Japanese things?”

  1. AAAAWWWYYYEEEAAAHHH!!!!! There’s nothing like the sight of clean steel, spotless cement, blaring speakers and roaring trains in the morning. Sounds like…controlled chaos! (⌒▽⌒)

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