Stephen David Smith from Tokyo Story describes how this way of dealing with stuff is pretty normal in Tokyo. Whereas trusting people to return a borrowed book would be very hard in most cities in the rest of the world, in Tokyo people have a natural sense of civic duty to do so, says Smith. Frequent readers of this blog must have noticed that we have featured many urban library concepts that street interventionists have installed in the city over the last year. These concepts try to use trees, phone booths and other urban objects to stimulate people to share books and trust each other and be fair. In the context of these efforts in other cities this installation in Tokyo is interesting. Apparently societal values are different in Tokyo, which opens up many chances for concepts in public urban life.