The shit building

When I went the first time to Asakusa and saw the Asahi Beer headquarters, my imagination told me that the strange sculpture on top of the building could be a “drop of beer”, because it’s golden and it looks like a drop? But a friend told me that the french artist who created the sculpture designed it to be a “flame”. My guess was far from right.

After some time I realized that Japanese have a nickname for this building. They call it “the shit building” (うんこビル) because it looks like the shape how Japanese/mangakas usually draw shits.

What do you see, a shit? a beer drop? a flame? a tarako? a spermatozoid?

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11 Replies to “The shit building”

  1. I have to agree with Brad… My first thought is ‘golden sperm’ on seeing it… With the effect of beer on procreation it’s probably even topical for a brewery… ^_^

  2. Yeah, worst design ever. I passed that building many times and always thought it was the logo for a company promoting fertility or something.

  3. Philippe Starck designed this building, the interior is incredible. However, i must say it does look like someone pinched a chimp on top of it.

  4. IT IS THE SHIT BUILDING BECAUSE CHINESE PEOPLE HAVE TAKEN LOADS OF BIG SHITS IN THAT BUILDING. OR IS IT JUST CHINESE PEOPLE TAKING HUGE LOADS OF SHIT IN JAPAN?

  5. My grandmother and my cousins live near that area, and my brother always called it うんこビル but I heard from my dad that it was supposed to be a torch… to commemorate the Olympics or something.

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