The One about the Butt-Sniffing Statues/Benches at Shiodome

If you go to Shiodome, near the NTV Buildings and right next to Taco Bell are these polka dot statues/benches which appear to be sniffing each other’s butt.

In Japan, you may run into the weirdest things but these statues/benches usually is a polarizing site for foreigners who see it for the first time.

For the unsuspecting visitor, they may be thinking this is a statue that belongs to Taco Bell because of its close proximity and are wondering what is the correlation between Taco Bell and butt sniffing statues?

While I find it amusing, perhaps a bit perverse and in a surrealist kind of way, made me think even deeply what the artist had in mind when creating these, in truth, these statues were not originally positioned this way.

Back in 2015, these are how the statues were once positioned.  So, they faces of the statues were not right up close to the other statues butt and there were benches that were in the location at one time.

But needless to say, whoever positioned the statues to its current position, has now become a cultural attraction that mystifies any visitor going to Shiodome for the first time.


 

Dennis A. Amith