Japan: Land of the Cute Construction Zones (Adorable Plastic Animals that hold Posts)

I love Japan. Everything is cute  and chic – with a magnificent attention to detail. One of my favorite things happens to be the adorable, colorful plastic animals that hold up poles during a construction zone. Basically, they look like this:

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Construction Zone in Sendai, Japan

Foreigners love these construction zones. Most of my friends have a couple pictures of these animals on their cameras, computers, or Facebook. All of my Japanese friends think it is weird when I stop to take a picture of the construction zone.

Japan seems to always be under construction. Houses are being built, railways are being fixed, and sewage systems are being revamped. Even in a popular and bustling city like Sendai (from the picture above), it is common to see road construction.

Road-side construction in Ishinomaki, Japan

Road-side construction in Ishinomaki, Japan

Basically, there are several different types of animals (penguin, monkey, or rabbit) or humans (just this guy with the medical cross), in varying colors. Construction workers stick a pole on their head and stomach, to block off an area.

These unique construction zone pole holders are fun.

Construction zone in Akita, Japan

Construction zone in Akita, Japan

Japan is the land of the cute. Even construction zones must adhere to a certain level of cuteness. Regardless of whether they are tearing up the road, fixing the fence, or pouring cement for a sidewalk, it needs to be adorable.

Construction work in Mitaka, Japan

Construction work in Mitaka, Japan

I don’t know if other Asian countries have these animal-shaped stabilizers and pole holders. If you have any pictures or experiences with these animal shaped construction helpers, please share!

Construction zone in Akita, Japan

Construction zone in Akita, Japan

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1 Comment on Japan: Land of the Cute Construction Zones (Adorable Plastic Animals that hold Posts)

  1. Hi there. I love this post, so adorable!! I don’t have a photo, unfortunately, but the ones near where I lived in Makuhari, Chiba were cute raccoons! :3

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