Misadventures with Miso

Misadventures with Miso

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Hamamatsucho Station's Manneken Pis

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Tokyo is rather well known for it's public art work found all over the city. One of these statues just happens to be at Hamamatsucho Station. It's a little hard to find. You have to walk to the south end of the 3/4 lines platform.

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But it's worth it because every month this little Manneken Pis is dressed in a different outfit sponsored by Shiba Fire Department. This started in 1968 and they change his clothing on the 26th of each month. The outfits are hand-made by a Minato volunteer group called Ajisai.

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Being December the theme was obviously Santa Claus. I don't know how they fit that Christmas Tree on there. A porcelain Manneken Pis was originally installed in 1952 and replaced in 1968 with this bronze statue.

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