Artifact | Trash

This is a far from typical scene in Japan. This isn’t even a trash can; it’s a temporary roadside barrier. When you think about it, in a place the size of Tokyo, it’s almost unbelievable that rubbish like this is almost never seen on the city streets. It’s the result of people taught from a young age to clean up after themselves and plenty of workers to keep the city streets clean along with the virtual absence of trash receptacles on the streets. Unless they’re in a park, which is likely to have bins, people tend to take it with them, just as customers will typically clean up after themselves, disposing of their rubbish and returning their empty cups and plates to designated counters for washing at cafes and fast food restaurants.