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Take a Walk in Kabukicho and Enjoy the Electrical Box Paintings!

Nov 29, 2019

The area of Kabukicho in Shinjuku has recently started the Kabukicho Art Project, a public art effort to reduce graffiti and brighten up the city. One of the main components of this project is decorating the city’s electrical boxes with colorful art in the hopes that Kabukicho will become a more welcoming city. If you happen to spot any of these art pieces in the city, go and take a closer look. The details are sure to amaze you!

What Kind of Paintings Are There?

You can find electrical boxes on Hanazono-dori Street with paintings of Mount Fuji, the street in front of Seibu-Shinjuku Station has kaiju monster-themed art, and the art on the street in front of city hall has a seasonal theme.

Let’s start with some of the art we can find on the street in front of Seibu-Shinjuku Station! Take a walk on the street and try to find it for yourself.

See Kaiju Monster Art by Seibu-Shinjuku Station

The theme of the street in front of Seibu Shinjuku Station is kaiju monsters. Recently Kabukicho has become a hot spot for Godzilla-themed attractions. As such, the kaiju monster that is represented on this street is Godzilla! You can find electrical boxes with paintings of Godzilla along this street. Check out Anz Kanie’s colorful Godzilla Park painting that was created with the hopes that Kabukicho would be a strong and peaceful town, with the help of Godzilla.



Tetsuko Nagano is the artist responsible for Monster Island’s Minilla, a black and white painting on an electrical box that features Godzilla’s son Minilla in playful poses. This cute and unique painting is sure to lift your spirits!

Search for pictures of Mount Fuji by Hanazono Shrine

Next up is the art on Hanazono-dori Street. The theme of pieces on this street is Mount Fuji, Japan’s famous mountain. Kazunori Sadahiro’s Red Fuji is a painting that features patterns that are reminiscent of a flame.



If you keep going down Hanazono-dori, then you can find Anz Kanie’s Fuji.

Enjoy the Seasons by City Hall

There are even more pieces of electrical box artwork! On Heian-dori Street you can find Kenji Utamaro’s One Bird, Soaking Wet, Morning Cherry Blossoms. This piece borrows from Katsushika Hokusai’s Bullfinch and Weeping Cherry and uses a full moon motif. The piece is created with pictures of festivals from all over Japan. This is a beautifully detailed piece from both afar and up close.



The Kaubukicho Art Project encompasses not only electrical boxes but also wall art as well. On the wall of Kabukicho Park are a tiger and dragon. Higashi Manabu’s Benzai-ten Heaven and Earth Tiger and Dragon is an ink piece that took two years to complete. You can’t miss this cool wall art!

Although Kabukicho is renowned for its nightlife, the area is also slowly changing to encompass other forms of entertainment. The bombastic art of Kabukicho is not something that you can find in a museum or gallery, but only something that can be found on the streets. Take the time to admire the public art that you can find in the city!

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Kabukicho

Kabukicho is a district near Shinjuku Station that is known for its nightlife. It has a high concentration of restaurants, bars, entertainment facilities and movie theaters. Called the "Sleepless Town…

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Kabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0021
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