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
http://www.pinktentacle.com/2007/07/photos-of-cephalopodian-playscapes/

Many, many more photos at

and http://www1.raidway.ne.jp/~iharay/suberidai/tako.htm
and http://doneslide.fc2web.com/slideTop.html (click on the pink characters)
Surreal.

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:

    http://daddytypes.com/2007/07/16/takonoyama_the_itinerant_octopus_slide_builders_of_japan.php

    May 15, 2008 at 5:33 am

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