The Playground Octupi of Japan

Apparently, Japan is populated by giant cephalapods generously lending their tentacles as playground slides.
Interesting demonstration of how culture influences form even on the playground; you wouldn’t expect to find these in the West and they might even scare some children!
Mostly constructed by a single company, Maeda Environmental Art Co, Ltd, whose page, unfortunately, I can’t read.
These images via

Many, many more photos at

and (click on the pink characters)

One Response to “The Playground Octupi of Japan”

  1. Greg said:

    I love these. We saw one in Ebisu, Tokyo without realizing what it was a few years ago.

    I posted a bit of a translation of the Tako-no-Yama [octopus mountain] story last summer:

    May 15, 2008 at 5:33 am

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