The Umbrella House
Here’s another post in the series of fantastic things they do in japan which would never happen back in the UK.
Spotted at a local Tokyo station the other day, this box filled with umbrellas is titled アンブレラハウス (“Umbrella House”). The idea is that if you arrive at the station when it’s raining and you don’t have an umbrella, you simply take one from the box and use it to get home dry. Then you bring it back the next day.
This system actually works, further testament to the honesty and integrity of everyday Japanese society. Nothing is locked, nobody needs to register their name, it’s just a thoughtful, useful community service based on mutual trust.
Of course such a thing could never work in London as anything not bolted down tends to be either stolen or trashed by vandals. If such an “Umbrella House” system were tried there, umbrellas would simply be taken and never returned.