Photographer's Note

This is the second photo of the Peeing Boy "Shoben Kozo" that I'm putting on here on Trekearth. Every month someone dresses this little guy in a different outfit. This is on the JR line Hamamatsu station. "Shoben Kozo" means "peeing naughty boy".

Before there were Shinkansen trains many people would take the night train from Osaka to Tokyo. The JR company wanted to have something to greet the people arriving at the station early in the morning and also to make the workers at the station happy. In 1952 it was the 80 year anniversary for the NJR company and they wanted all stations to do something special for the occasion. A dentist named Mr. Hikaru Kobayashi donated this statue that he had in his home to the station. Actually Mr. Kobayashi's father bought the statue many years ago and just kept it in storage.

The original statue in 1952 was made of clay but in 1968 it was turned into bronze. At first the statue was nude but on a cold day in 1955 a young boy put a red wool cap him. Soon a housewife started making different clothes for him. She dressed him from 1955 until her death in 1985. Now a volunteer group in Minato - ku makes clothes and dresses him up in seasonal outfits. In 1993 there was a photo gallery in Hamamatsu station of "Shoben Kozo" Newspapers in Tokyo always have his photo wearing a different outfit.

This Peeing Boy seems to be a replica of the peeing boy from Brussels. Both have many outfits and once the Brussels boy was holding a Japanese flag. Mr. Kobayashi's gift has made everyone smile and reach for a camera (mainly cell phone cameras now) when they see him.

Japan is all ready for the 2006 world cup in Germany and this Kozo is dressed to win, only he just can't seem to control himself. The competition is all wet. Let the celebration of 0-0 and 1-1 games begin.

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