Guerilla artists like Banksy, who stealthily place their work in public places, have been all the rage in recent years, and it looks like Tokyo has an art-ninja of its very own. On a recent morning, a hanging banner appeared on a famous bridge in the busy Akihabara area. The message the that the artist wished to share with the world? One word: boobs.
The Mansei Bridge in Akihabara extends over the Sumida River and is a busy thoroughfare both night and day.
Some have speculated that the choice of the word oppai, or boobs, is laden with deep meaning. One blogger writes:
“In the busy comings and goings of life, it is sometimes easy to forget the root from which we all spring. This artwork reminds us that technology, art, all the things that mankind make, begin here: in the Great Mother, the giver of life and bringer of destruction. Hanging this banner from the Mansei Bridge to the Mother Sumida is amazing and profound if you stop to think about it.”
Uh, OK, if you say so. Personally, I think it’s just pretty funny.
After a while, the Akihabara Police came and removed the banner, but they seemed at a bit of a loss about what to do with it and why it was there in the first place. Says our blogger:
“From beginning to end, including the bewildered removal, the entire affair was full of unexpected revelation. It was simple, funny and comforting.”
Source and images: DDN Japan