Trash cans for adult magazines – 白いポスト

20-30 years ago there were many trash bins called “Shiroi Posto” (白いポスト – White mailbox). Nowadays you can still found some “Shiroi Posto” in little villages around Japan, but they are not very common.

These trash cans/mailboxes are used to dispose magazines, films, or whatever erotic/pornographic good that you don’t want to have at home in case you are having problems to hide it from your parents. Lets say that Japanese designed it as a service for adolescents.

A website from a city called “Hashima” explains it: “In order to keep your mental and physical health, beloved adolescents! please use this mailbox to dispose those magazines or books that you don’t want to keep at home”.


“Shiroi Posto”, a special mailbox for sexual goods

Some Japanese told me that they idea to create these special trash bins surged from the problems that some villages had when they started to find “illegal garbage dumps full of sex magazines” at the entrance of the forest, near the river or in hidden places inside parks; a friend of mine confessed me that he got his first erotic movie from the border of the nearest forest from his home 15 years ago.

In the big cities “Shiori posto” never proliferated (It seems that is easier to dispose discreetly a magazine in Japanese cities than in Japanese villages). In fact, in many Japanese little towns and villages you can still find “Shiroi posto” , in this website you can go through a collection of “Shiroi posto” that are still active and the places where the pictures where taken.

I wonder if in the future we will have specialized trash cans for doll disposal 😉

9 Replies to “Trash cans for adult magazines – 白いポスト”

  1. Your translation is totally and utterly off unless you are intentionally joking (in which case you are irresponsible.) All of the messages on the boxes are about keeping this stuff out of the hands of young people. They are addressing adults, not kids. If you can’t read Japanese, don’t jump to such conclusions.

  2. Anonymous is absolutely right. What is written in Japanese on those trash bins is different from what you claim. The boxes is are for (literally) “books and magazines that are no good for youngsters”. So the message is clearly for adults. Sorry, but this time…it’s not a good report.

  3. I just saw one of these on Monday night at my local train station in Kurume. I took a picture and had it confirmed that they are infact porno disposal boxes. its so weird!

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