Images courtesy of Ameblo and Isahaya City.

Waiting for a bus is never the most fun part of a commute, but if you lived in Isahaya City, Japan, you could at least pretend you were some kind of magic bus-riding mouse in a fairy tale. Bus shelters in the city are sculpted and painted to look like giant fruit.

Reader support helps sustain our work. Donate today to keep our climate news free. All donations matched.

The fruit shelters were installed in 1990 for a travel expo, but are so popular that they’ve stuck around. They’d be a little out of place in, say, New York — “Big Apple” or not, I don’t really see a large American city being willing to cosplay as a fruit salad. But they’re a nice reminder that bus stops don’t have to look grim, and that they can even add some whimsy to your commute.

Grist thanks its sponsors. Become one.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has rounded up some other ideas, some of which are a little less precious.