Walking in Kawagoe City Part 3 “Passion For Styrofoam”

This topic is about styrofoam figure.
You can find various cute animals when you’re walking around Kawagoe City.

These animals are nearly as tall as human beings and look just like the real animals.
These animals are made out of styrofoam varnished to protect them from the rain.

It is interesting that these animals exist not only in public spaces such as public museums and roads but also in private space such as gardens of a house and shop.

I don’t know whether these figures fit into the cityscape
but I saw many people going close to them and taking a photo.

The man making these figures had worked at Kawagoe City Hall until two years ago.
He retired around fifty to make these figures.
I guess that he can’t live easily just by making these figures.
However, he seems happy that he can do only what he wants to do.
I envy his way of living and I want to plan for early retirement.

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cocomino

I live in Kawagoe-city Saitama-prefecture Japan. There are many traditional warehouses in Kawagoe. So many Japanese and the people from overseas come to sightseeing. http://www.koedo.or.jp/foreign/english/index.html

20 thoughts on “Walking in Kawagoe City Part 3 “Passion For Styrofoam””

  1. In Berlin there are many bears, in my hometown there are many penguins etc. – people like to meet some emotions on the street, if not real emotions, then one expressed by sculptures …

  2. Dear Cocomino,
    I’m the editor of an Italian magazine, “Qui – appunti dal presente”, which comes out in English too as “Here – notes from the present”. It was launched in Italy to gather testimonies, observations, and reflections about the times we live in. It presents diary pages interspersed with brief essays and some literary prose, and its collaborators are people from different countries in the world. It is published both on paper and on the Internet (www.quihere.eu). Well, I happened to stumble upon your blog, and I’d like to publish some of your diary entries. May I have your authorization? If so, may you send me a brief biographical note about you? A few lines: when and where were you born, where do you live, what’s your job or study. Thank you and best regards
    Massimo Parizzi

  3. That is so cool and they are huge!🙂 Lucky guy to be able to retire and make those animals.
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  4. Wonderful! In the US several years ago, many cities started art/sculpture contests. They would choose one animal, have many duplicates made and then different groups or artists would adopt the animals and paint them and they would be diplayed throughout the city. At the end of a year, the statues were auctioned off and can now be found in front of businesses and at private homes. In Vero Beach, Florida, it was sea turtles. In Chicago, I believe it was horses. Today, you can still see many of the statues. I love original public art!

    1. How nice that there are many public art in US.
      I want to see a sea turtles and other animals.

      I’m interested in what public art makes a difference to city scape.

  5. Interesting background on stereofoam art that I didn’t know. Thanks for posting it. Just visited Kawagoe City last weekend, we liked it a lot and plan to go back at a more leisurely pace.

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