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6/10/2014

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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3 Responses to “What are these Japanese things?”

  1. MARKed TRAIL (via email) Says:

    Concrete utility poles (with steel obi) in the middle of what pretends to be bike lanes here are (Oni/devil).
    oni^san
    Oni face on pole

  2. Svers on reddit.com/r/japan provides the real answer Says:

    It’s a surface that prevents people from gluing/sticking ads or other things on the post. Same bumpy texture can be found on electrical boxes and other communal property.

    http://www012.upp.so-net.ne.jp/Nissoku-KK/

  3. Dave Says:

    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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