The Most Unusual Hospital I've Ever Seen

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In my life, for one reason or another, I've been to quite a few hospitals. I've never seen anything like this. Anywhere.

As pointed out by IT Media and Syounan Life, this is the Edogawa Hospital in Tokyo. And this hospital looks like fun—but that's the point. The poppy, colorful, and playful decor is supposed to erase the cold, sterile image people have of hospitals.

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Outside, it looks your typical Japanese hospital.

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But once you get closer, you start to see these murals, and realize that this hospital is quite different.

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How cool is this?

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Then, there's the lobby. You can't see because of the plant, but there's a painting of Hulk Hogan in the background.

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The hospital floor map is designed to look like a treasure map.

Here, have a look at this video tour:

While this might look like a children's hospital, it's not. It handles internal medicine, cardiology, orthopedics, urology, gynecology, pediatrics, among others. Surgery is performed here, and there's an MRI machine that has an elephant on it (top photo).

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This is for the ultrasound room. Heh.

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thepayne78
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Very cool looking hospital especially liked the Audrey Hepburn and Shirley Temple artwork. More and more hospitals are trying to do this where when you go into them it does not feel like you are in a hospital. More and more hospitals are beginning realize being in a more warm and friendly environment helps with recovery just has much the actual care itself.

Like where I live last year we finished building and moving into a new hospital and it is built so that when you are in a patient room you have a view of the outside, also when you are walking the halls where the patients rooms are you also have a view of the outside. In fact the hospital is designed for areas where patients and visitors are they have some sort of view outside.

A pic of what it looked like from the air before it was completed

and this is a pic from the front of it

The hospital actually has a nice green space in front of it with a nice long walking path. Also no smoking is allowed on the property