Friday, September 25, 2009

Yokohama Sakuragicho Station Graffiti Wall is No More

Yokohama Sakuragicho station graffiti wall
The infamous Yokohama Sakuragicho station graffiti wall is no more.

We were excited to visit Yokohama while we were in Japan to document the 3 KM long wall that was supposed to be completely painted with graffiti. We disappointedly learned that the once legal wall was entirely painted over and was no longer a legal place to paint. We were surprised that people still didn't paint there despite the regulations but probably the frequent buffing discouraged anyone to paint.

Yokohama Sakuragicho Anti Graffiti Warning
These warning signs were posted repeatedly along the path.
"Those who scribble will be subject to prosecution for vandalism. If you witness anything please report it to one of the locations listed." (Thanks to Seiji from JTwutor for the translation.)

Yokohama Sakuragicho Station Graffiti Wall
Yokohama Sakuragicho Station - Buffed walls go on forever

Yokohama Sakuragicho Station - leftover graffiti on one of the side walls not facing the street
Yokohama Sakuragicho Station - leftover graffiti on one of the side walls not facing the street

Yokohama Sakuragicho Station - leftover graffiti on one of the side walls not facing the street
Yokohama Sakuragicho Station - leftover graffiti on one of the side walls not facing the street

Yokohama Sakuragicho Station - Tags

Yokohama Sakuragicho Station - Tags

Yokohama Sakuragicho Station - leftover graffiti on one of the side walls not facing the street
Yokohama Sakuragicho Station - leftover graffiti on one of the side walls not facing the street

Yokohama Sakuragicho Station - Tags
Yokohama Sakuragicho Station - Tags

Yokohama Sakuragicho Station - this is the backside of the wall where the train tracks are
Yokohama Sakuragicho Station - this is the backside of the wall where the train tracks are

Yokohama Sakuragicho Station Graffiti Wall
Yokohama Sakuragicho Station Graffiti Wall

Yokohama Sakuragicho Station Graffiti Wall
Yokohama Sakuragicho Station Graffiti Wall


2 comments:

noah said...

Wow. That's a shame. I used to live not far from that wall and, while no graffiti expert, I enjoyed passing by the wall on a regular basis. It served as a great respite from the often sterile urban environs of Japan.

nelc said...

Oh, that's a great shame. I discovered the wall by accident while walking back to my hotel one night in 2007 and took a few snaps. Really quality work, I thought it was an art school project.

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