Walking and the pedestrian environment
August 14, 2006
Peek-a-poo (Tokyo)

Here it comes, get ready to scoop up that poo!

This article is part of the special feature series Dog Doo Signs of Tokyo.

I'm at a loss for words. There are just too many poo related signs in Tokyo.

Poo is a Pain"PLEASE - Dog poo is really troublesome. Owners must absolutely take it home with them." In front of a park in Nakano.

Dog owners should clean upThis one's in English, so I don't have to translate! In a park in Akasaka, on a dead end street, filled with elderly even on a hot day. Didn't see one English speaking dog walker.

Dog model advertisement"Japan School of Business. Dog Models Wanted! No Fee!" This shady notice was found posted in front of a meat shop in Koenji. I wonder what's the special of the day?

Dog Poo Busters"Owners must absolutely pick up their dog's poo. Please don't walk them off leash in the park." In a park in Akasaka. That poo in the background is kind of cute.

Proud Dog Poo Pickerupper"Let's stop letting our dogs off leash, and start taking poo home." In a park in Akasaka. That guy is so proud of himself! I recommend tying the bag shut, or the smile will disappear quickly.

Keep a leash on it"Keep your dog LEASHED. Absolutely pick up their POO." On a street in Akasaka. It's amazing how many different formats are used on all of these signs to present two simple requests. Some college student should do a study to find out which combination of colors, pictures, and location makes the most impact.

Pick up after your dog"Dog poo must absolutely be picked up by owners. Please keep a lead on your dog." On a street in Akasaka.

Keep a rope on it"Please" .. among other things .. "- Keep a rope or something on your dog, and clean up after it." In a park in Akasaka. Strangely, the sign says "Tokyo, Yoyogi Park Manager" and give his number. But this is in a park in Minato-ku near Aoyama 1chome Station. Someone stole this!

Prohibited Canine Activities"Tokyo Aoyama 1chome Field. This is a field for children. The following activities are prohibited: 1) Bringing dogs inside..." In a park in Akasaka. This sign is signed "Tokyo, Yoyogi Park Office" as well - the park is right next to the one photo'd above. It's definitely odd that they're managed by Yoyogi, though, because it's about two kilometers away.

Posted by Rob Ketcherside at August 14, 2006 12:14 AM
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