Improvised Train Station Pre-maintenance

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As seen in this previous post, train station staff in Japan respond quickly to small problems and improvise sometimes fascinatingly creative interim solutions.

Above, a more traditional approach wherein a strategically placed bucket does the job, whereas below a very cool “inverted umbrella” style plastic setup diverts dripping water into the narrow gutter bordering the staircase.


The most striking I’ve seen though was at Shibuya Station. The “clear plastic sheet and tube” approach had been undertaken on a far bigger scale – an entire section of ceiling had been wrapped…brilliant!



Sometimes this work truly straddles the border between functionality and art. What do you think? Please leave a comment.

~ by JapanGasm on 12 February, 2012.

2 Responses to “Improvised Train Station Pre-maintenance”

  1. haha, I do think it does sort of have an art side to it, they seem to do it in a way that makes it so interesting to look at, just seeing those cones around the bucket kept my eye for quite a while, not to mention that crazy umbrella-tube-leak-diverter-thing

    • If you’ve ever been to the flower market in Bangkok during a rainstorm…it’s a similar concept taken further. Way further. Absolute art.

      Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find a video.

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