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Small Torii

1. You may find small torii on walls — sometimes made of wood or simply drawn in red paint — in places like residential areas. These are placed for the purpose of deterring public urination and illegal dumping of garbage.

2. Regardless of religion, the Japanese regard torii as sacred objects. Therefore, they feel that defiling torii may “incur a curse” so they will not risk bad deeds.

3. During the Edo period, there were many public toilets in the town of Kyoto. But once those toilets were dismantled in the Meiji era, many people resorted to public urination. At the time, bewildered residents built small torii in the hopes of stopping this practice. Since the solution was effective, the custom of using torii has continued into the present day and is still seen in many places.

2013-07-29 08:41:11
brutal. era espalhar uma mão cheia destes pelas ruas de Lisboa e esperar que talvez os lisboetas mijões sentissem a maldição a cair sobre eles, sob forma de pinguinha na calça..
2013-07-27 13:37:44
Respect.
2013-03-28 19:19:28
e se a moda pega ?
2013-03-23 04:30:20
I fear that crucifixes, mezuzahs, or shahada talismans in the West would provoke more urination than they would deter. Perhaps a bust of an untouchable figure, like Lincoln, Ghandi, or MLK, would work better, but I doubt it.
2013-03-22 12:00:09
yes is cool
2013-03-10 03:29:36
Not is rather cute, I find this a wonderful idea. It probably means that Japanese people are sensitive enough as to as to show concern and respect towards fellow citizens. Congratulations, and Arigato!
2013-03-08 17:27:53
เพิ่งรู้นะเนี่ยะ
2013-02-28 19:54:17
”Small Torii (小さな鳥居)”の放尿防止効果は、日本人の認知症dementiaの方々にも有効な場合があるようです。
2013-02-15 02:24:49
brilliant, stops people weeing in public places!lol
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