February 24

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The Honorable Duck Butt of Sugamo

Yes, it’s exactly what it looks like: a giant, stuffed, fake fur duck butt enshrined in a hut.

Apparently, the Sugamo merchant’s association created a duck character named Sugamon as their mascot (sort of like Doraemon, only not blue and not a cat) and someone thought this giant model of its hindquarters would draw people to Koshinzuka Shopping Street like pigeons to statues. I couldn’t quite figure out just what people are supposed to do in the hut named “Sugamon’s Honorable Behind,” but the sign does say it’s okay to pet it.

If you’d like to visit Koshinzuka Street the next time you’re in Tokyo, a map is on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had.

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