Japan Makes Head-Scratching Seats No Human Can Sit On

Leave it to Japan to come up with things you’ve never thought of before.

For some reason, the country has made public seats which you can’t use.  Japanese Twitter user @C_Kyoro was the first one to bring the matter to everyone’s attention after he recently took to the social media to share a picture of the seats he spotted in Tokyo.

Based on the photo, the seats are located near the streets. They would have been a nice spot for you to take a brief break after a long walk or a long wait, if they don’t have the metal plate stuck in the mid part.

In the caption, the Twitter user suggested that the seats were apparently the government’s response to the fact that many people, including the homeless ones, would use public seatings as their place to sleep. “The sign of an intolerant society: far from not allowing people to sleep, not even allowing them to sit,” it reads.

And no, you’re not the only one confused about the design. In response to @C_Kyoro’s post, some Japanese commenters asked why the government didn’t remove the seats altogether if they didn’t want anyone to use it.

“The blade-like construction is dangerous. What if people fall and injure themselves?” one commenter wrote. “I think it’s to prevent skateboarders from grinding on them. But if that’s the case, why not remove them completely instead?” another said.

Another commenter shared a photo of a public seat they found in Canada and praised it for being friendly to even homeless people. “Here’s a bench in Canada, designed to shelter homeless people from rain if required. What a great design and a good example of proper tax usage,” the user said.

What do you think of the weirdly-designed seats? Are you, like us, wondering how the design got approved? Share your comment in the section below.

4 thoughts on “Japan Makes Head-Scratching Seats No Human Can Sit On

  • December 19, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    They are not seats to start with? I mean it has big red sign on each… it’s not meant for sitting. People are over reacting here for a good twitter post.

  • December 21, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    I don’t mind if people sit in the priority seats provided they offer it to me or my wife when we get on, which happens more often than it don’t and when they don’t I ask them to vacate. Even if I’m in a priority seat I too will give it up if someone needs it more than I.

  • January 16, 2018 at 8:28 am

    It’s because in Japan even those in their 50s, 60s, and 70s.. they all still walk long distance and stand for a long time. Since that has been their lifestyle their whole life.

  • January 24, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    i called it art and the end. well, there’a always meaning in every creature who build so lets find out what it all about..


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