After thinking about Tokyo and what a bafflingly unfamilar place it is I was inspired to go and have a look at some of my photos. At almost three years’ remove they look even more fantastical. This unremarkable street scene, for example, looks more than anything to me like a scene from some kind of futuristic, apocalyptic, science fiction film:
I really want to go back. You can see the rest of the set here.
(Photo: Chris Mitchell)
It’s a sink on top of a toilet, in which you wash your hands with the water that then refills the cistern. This is the smartest piece of design I’ve seen for weeks.
For more Japanese (of course) space-boosting cleverness, see the full article – A Very Short Walk Around a Tokyo Apartment.
Last week b3ta.com linked to a video of a horrifyingly steep and desperately unsafe-looking mountain path in Spain. Now Lloyd’s posted the videos, as well as some related pictures which are equally disturbing. Inspired by this, and by my successful posting of a video clip, which also made me think of Tokyo, I went looking for footage of the two rollercoasters that my intrepid siblings went on at Fuji-Q, the theme park outside Tokyo in the shadow of Mount Fuji.
The first, Dodonpa, is the world’s fastest-accelerating rollercoaster, taking you up to 107mph in two seconds. Apparently the moment it shoots out of the tunnel causes physical pain (there are so, so many reasons I don’t go on these things):
And then there’s Fujiyama, which when it was built was the world’s tallest roller coaster, and the POV footage genuinely makes me feel sick, and it’s definitely nothing to do with the amount of wine I drank last night, although the fact that I can’t embed the video may be. I’ll go old-tech and link to it.
If I’d seen that video in advance, I would have forbidden the whole thing. As it was, I let them go off to almost-certain death unknowingly, and spent a happy day by myself in Tokyo, climbing the Mori Tower, which is also quite tall, but which, happily, stays still:
This is a cool video, made by taking photos of the same view in Tokyo over 35 years and then putting them all together really fast. But I’m mainly posting it to see whether I can post videos.