You may not notice this when you`re walking down the streets of Tokyo but there is one big thing missing… or should I say many little things? What you ask? Well, just pop into a convenience store (conbini), grab a rice ball (onigiri) and a canned coffee (cohi) and head on outside. Still don`t know? Then sit down, take a rest and enjoy your little snack. Afterwards, head for your nearest trash receptacle…. What`s that you say? Oh right! They DON`T HAVE trash cans in public in Tokyo and most likely most of the country as well! Unbelievable, right?! Especially for Tokyo, a city of 13 million people – burbs included, to not have trash cans brings imagines to mind of complete and utter chaos! Granted in train stations, you probably will be able to find a recycling bin for your PET bottles or aluminium cans or if it happens to be your lucky day, you might run across an “other trash” bin but it`s unlucky. How do they do it you ask? To be honest, I`m not really sure considering the fact that a typical purchase entails shatter-proof wrapping and at least three bags – but that`s for another post. Perhaps it is achieved with signs like the one below.
The sign reads: “Along with our memories, let`s take our trash home!”
Gotta love Japan.