Much post-war Japanese architecture can be drab fare indeed. Every Japanese town and city has its share of identikit, glass and steel office blocks and gray, featureless apartment buildings. A convenience store looks pretty much the same whether it is in Niigata or Naha.
Not so koban. Many Japanese police boxes have become virtual landmarks in the districts they serve.
Look out for these symbols of architectural flair and individuality on your travels around Japan.
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