Pipe of the Year!

Rather delightful is the incredible neatness with which fixtures are made in Japan. From road fixtures and markings to overhead wires, towers, concrete structures and one of my personal favourites – pipes.

I hereby present my nomination for the Pipe of the Year:

It has all those qualities which together make it a quintessential example of Japanese design:

It’s compact.

It’s cute.

It’s built to neatly fit its environment and in so doing is unnecessarily complex.

The design provides a wonderful insight into the supreme attention to detail that typifies the Japanese character.

Here’s how it would appear as one rounded the corner to glimpse it in the street ahead:


(click to enlarge)

I use the past tense as sadly this pipe is no more. The house from which it protruded was recently demolished to make way for a new and banal, characterless apartment building.

Over a period of many years I had walked past this pipe daily, never failing to notice and appreciate it.

May this post remain as an online tribute in honour of its humble but memorable past presence.

~ by JapanGasm on 30 June, 2011.

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