Fun Japan Fact: Trash CansChristopher | June 19, 2009
Trash cans are exceptionally rare in Japan. Recycling is taken very seriously and you can find a recycle bin next to every vending machine. If you have a wrapper from the pastry you bought at the bread shop… well, just stick it in your pocket until you get home.
The reason behind this is very unclear. Some people say trash cans disappeared after the serin gas attacks years ago. Others say that Japan never really had that many trash cans in attempt to keep you from littering. Backwards logic, perhaps, but it seems too work. This place is amazingly clean.
The picture you see is the first trash can I’ve seen on my travels. It was found in a temple in Kita Kamakura.