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Minato City, Japan

Little Peeing Monk of Tokyo

This Japanese Manneken Pis gets new outfits for every occasion. 

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Inspired by the famous Belgium statue Manneken Pis, urinating boy statues are popular in Japan and can be found in various locations. But the little peeing monk in central Tokyo’s Hamamatsuchō Station is a popular symbol of peace and love that is changes fashion every month.

He is known as Shoubenkozou (しょうべんこぞう) in Japan, which roughly translates as “peeing kid/young monk.” His clothes change every month, in Japan’s rainy season (June) he was dressed in a raincoat with a tiny umbrella.

He is located at the end of platforms 3 and 4, serving the Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku lines. The plaque tells visitors he was gifted to the station by a dentist, and also that his clothes shall be changed every month by the “pee kid committee.”

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Only accessible from inside Hamamatsuchō Station.

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