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Kamakura Knitted Birds

Posted in Places by tokyobling on January 15, 2015

I found that someone had knitted little outfits for these little metal birds I found in Kamakura on top of some street furniture. Very civic minded this someone! I did not know this when I took these photos but apparently there is a company that makes these metal barriers (crossing guards?) with the birds already attached. Great thinking, that product manager!

Note: I remembered taking these photos in Kamakura City but big mistake – It was actually in neighboring Fujisawa City, at Enoshima Station! I am such a fool sometimes. Sorry!






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  1. Junko said, on January 15, 2015 at 5:03 am

    Hahahaha how cute and how thoughtful, a very Japanese act of kindness even to little metal birdies.


  2. crumpledpapercranes said, on January 15, 2015 at 6:46 am

    These are so charming! I would pet each and every one of them.


    • tokyobling said, on January 16, 2015 at 7:14 am

      I tried to but I didn’t want to stand in the way for people taking photos! (^-^;)


  3. MlleJuin said, on January 15, 2015 at 9:40 am

    So cute! ^^


  4. pk1154 said, on January 15, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Awww…so cute to begin with, then magnitudes of cuteness added with the wee hats and cloaks!


  5. cyventurini said, on January 15, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    Very cute! Hmm… I’m wondering if this is a new trend. People are dressing the sculptures and the like in knitted outfits here in Portland, Oregon this winter!


  6. Soph said, on January 15, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Very cute, but I have a suspicion that the birds might be here to forbid people to lean or sit on the barriers. In several countries there’s a fight to make “public furniture” unavailable to homeless or inactive people, I hope it’s not the case in Japan.


    • tokyobling said, on January 16, 2015 at 7:17 am

      Thank you Soph, but I can assure you that no homeless or inactive people would want to lean or sit on these, they are purely to stop people in front of the crowded station to spill out onto the street in front. A stone’s throw away here is a beautiful beach with all the room in the world for the homeless, although I have never seen one in this part of the country.


  7. girlexpat said, on January 16, 2015 at 4:44 am

    Those birds are so adorable, and I agree… very charming.


  8. Timi said, on January 18, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Those are some really fashionable metal birdies! 😀


  9. Jean said, on January 18, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    Isn’t that street furniture, bike racks? That’s what some of those designs are used in some North American cities.


    • tokyobling said, on January 19, 2015 at 6:06 am

      Not these, they are to stop people from spilling out into the street in front of the station. You can see them in context here in this image.


  10. lauramacky said, on January 19, 2015 at 1:48 am

    How cute!


  11. angelinahue said, on January 28, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Oh, these are so cute and somebody was very ‘civil minded’ indeed! Not only in keeping the ‘birds’ warm but also in bringing some cheer to passers-by during the dreary winter days 🙂


  12. rudyhou said, on March 11, 2015 at 9:09 am

    lol. how cute. they should make more of these all over the world. it breaks the mundane look of regular metal barriers.


  13. Captain Hook said, on April 13, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Actually the fact that these are crocheted, not knitted, yarnbombings is significant. The Japanese probably lead the world in crocheting jaw droppingly cute things (as well as jaw droppingly beautiful things, tied with Russians). It’s called amigurumi.

    A skilled crocheter could probably whip this entire set of Santa suits up in 60-90 minutes.

    My reaction was: those aren’t Santa suits, they’re (catholick) cardinal suits…making it a visual-verbal pun as well.


    • tokyobling said, on May 19, 2015 at 2:40 am

      Haha… thanks! I am not up to date on my craft studies and the cardinal suits is a good catch!


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