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Pooping On Laundry Prohibited!


Okay, this sign actually reads “Don’t Give Food To The Pigeons!” but it goes on to give a rather elaborate rationale for withholding bread crumbs from the little beggars. It seems that not only will feeding them provoke an unnatural population explosion, the poop from all those extra pigeons will be a scourge on local residents’ laundry.

I had to laugh, because in Japan, this approach will totally work. It’s bad enough that all too often, you look out the classroom window, see rain streaking the glass, and curse the fact that you bet on the 70% chance it wouldn’t rain. All the socks and underwear you own are hanging out on your balcony, and they’re all now soaking wet. Imagining coming home to find them covered in pigeon poop on the days it doesn’t rain should be enough to give pause to all but the most rabid bird lover.

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Jonelle Patrick View All

Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

2 thoughts on “Pooping On Laundry Prohibited! Leave a comment

  1. Hah! This reminds me of a post I did a while back about when a cicada peed on my husband’s head. Wish there was a way to control that revolting population.

    • Actually, now that you mention it, it’s kind of amazing that more people don’t get pooped on by cicadas! They are EVERYWHERE and they are HUGE. Of course, they are also The Sacred Haiku-Endorsed Sign Of Summer, so I’m pretty sure we won’t be seeing anti-semi signs anytime soon.

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