Six Japanese Women’s Junior College Students Write Graffiti on Florence Cathedral

June 24, 2008

Six Japanese junior college students during a trip to Italy wrote graffiti and their names on the wall of the Florence Cathedral (the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore).

It says February 18, 2008 with their names: Mana, Chii, Yui, Ayana, Rika, and Miki, then they even wrote the name of their school! Gifu City Women’s College.

I read on a message board that they were in the design course, but it’s hard to verify that unless it is verified in mainstream media.

If they were in the design course, this is even worse. Can’t they have respect even for World Heritage Site?

This kind of news won’t surprise anyone who’s been here for a while, but people who don’t really have the insider view of Japan might think that this is unthinkable.

I hope they can restore the cathedral, I want to see it in person someday — sans Japanese graffiti, of course.

Technoratiのタグ Florence Cathedral, Japanese Graffiti


1 George Donnelly June 24, 2008 at 3:05 pm

It’s a kind of narcissistic ignorance. I think it’s common among the 13-25 set but more pronounced in this generation. I’ve seen it not only in Japan, too.

2 jay June 24, 2008 at 3:09 pm

It always blows me away to see how kids in schools write on their desks. I guess they were fantasizing about returning to the cathedral 20 years later and looking at their super cool graffiti, and … what? profit?