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door of the year

The nominations are in for Japan's Door of the Year award. The nominations cover a wide variety of quality doors ensuring that this year's winner is far from being a foregone conclusion.

Here are the doors vying for top prize....

1. The Pointless Door (Niigata)
Walk out of here on a dark night and you'll soon find yourself in mid-air.

2. The American Door (Nagoya)
Sesame Street is big here, especially on train doors. Children are particularly impressed.

For those people who decide to end it all by jumping in front of the train, this is, sadly, the last face they see. For others, this is the reason they jump.

3. The Door Lover's Door (Tokyo)
The person who built this door knew full well that there was no good reason for it. They simply love doors and wanted to have one.

The fancy frame design makes it a strong contender for this year's prize.

4. The Rough Door (Uwajima)
It almost seems as if it's not a door at all. But it is.

This one blends well with its surroundings and belongs to someone who has no interest in doors whatsoever.

5. The Cartoon Door (Sapporo)
Another train, another cartoon. This door causes passengers to smile as the train pulls into the station.

It's a great way to begin the commute to work and helps many people start the day with a giggle, or even a guffaw, though that would seem like a bit of an overreaction.

6. The Miniature Door (Toyama)
Too small to be a door and too big to be a catflap, this one is a mystery to most.

It could be that the owner wanted to save money on door materials, not realising that they'd have to spend more on the surrounding bricks instead.

7. The Door to Nowhere (Osaka)
Last year's winner and a strong contender for this year's prize too.

Since taking the prize last August, a further seven people have fallen to their death.

8. The Messy Door (Miyazaki)
You'll no doubt be familiar with the expression, "I can't see the wood for the trees." In this case, it can be amended to: "I can't see the door for all the crap that's in the way." However, it still managed to be nominated and could be a surprise winner.

Good luck to all doors.
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On Monday, 14 July, 2008, Blogger Mike said:

I vote for the last door, the messy door! Gee, I sure hope it wins, it's tried so hard!  

On Monday, 14 July, 2008, Blogger Taintus said:

I vote for the messy door as well. I'm currently living in Otaki, Nagano and we got plenty of messy doors. . .they got character.  

On Monday, 14 July, 2008, Anonymous Dege said:

I vote for the miniature door! Because short people like me need an inanimate materialist hero!  

On Monday, 14 July, 2008, Anonymous Deas said:

Dang - I'm gonna vote for the only door that kills seven people a year. That is one seriously bad to the bone door. Watch that first step; it's a loo-loo.  

On Monday, 14 July, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is the funniest thing I've read since I got to Osaka!...Ok, that was only 4 months ago, but it's a long time not to have a good laugh (especially during Death by Smothering Air season these days). Blogs like yours are a real joy to read, and have inspired me to get my own blogspot back up and running! I hope you won't mind if I link to you - I'm in Osaka, too (are you in the city?)! It seems so rare to come across someone else in Osaka, so I was very happy to find your blog! Looking forward to more.  

On Monday, 14 July, 2008, Anonymous George said:

The door lover's door.

Stylish, functional and utterly pointless, it captures the essence of Things Japanese.  

On Monday, 14 July, 2008, Blogger tornadoes28 said:

Door #6 should not be included as it is a normal size door. That man is clearly 9 feet tall.  

On Tuesday, 15 July, 2008, Anonymous Scotty.VOR said:

FYI, from BBC News Worldwide:

"A recent study by the University Of Okayama has listed "inaccessibly high doors" as the biggest factor behind Japan's low burglary rate. Professor Takeshi Iwo, who headed the study, commented "Few Japanese criminals can stilt-walk and lock-pick at the same time. The biggest security threat most Japanese households face are 9 foot tall westerners."  

On Tuesday, 15 July, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

What George said. The door lover's door is indeed a victory for form over function, for style over any bloody use whatsoever. A real Japanese winner.  

On Thursday, 17 July, 2008, Blogger LegallySuited said:

Door Lover's Door! Just so Japanese.

I have a gate lover's gate at my place, am a big fan of walking around it to the shock and horror of my neighbors.

Wonder if the door lover's door is more often used or not used? I guess used. Maybe EIO could stake the place out for us and let us know?  

On Friday, 18 July, 2008, Anonymous shammi said:

I guess I'm just a door whore... cant decide which one to vote for - the pointless door, the door-to-nowhere, the miniature door, the door lover's door... they're just all so a-door-able! BWAHAHAHAAHAHAAAAAA!  

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