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(Economist)   Tokyo's last street-level view of Mount Fuji is about to be obscured. I don't see what they did there   (economist.com ) divider line 11
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2013-01-06 12:11:56 PM  
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Happy Hours: I saw an interesting piece on NHK the other day. Some Japanese artist painted a series of views of different vantage points of Mount Fuji. They were cheap when initially released. Now a print will sell for as much as a house (so they said). Damn NHK not giving exact figures again even though they do measure rainfall in millimeters. Really? Who farking cares about the millimeters of rain? I only care when we get multiple INCHES./

They didn't say it, but I got the impression the guy was like the Japanese version of Norman Rockwell.


Hokusai is the artist. My fave is the Great Wave off of Kanegowa.

/he started with pornographic prints, srsly
2013-01-06 11:38:40 AM  
2 votes:
This quote from TFA surprised me:

Opponents appealed to the company, the city government and even UNESCO, which will decide by June if Mount Fuji merits the status of a World Heritage Site.

I really am surprised that Mt. Fuji isn't already a World Heritage Site, since it's probably one of the most iconic spots in Japan, like what the Grand Canyon is to America.
2013-01-06 07:04:16 PM  
1 vote:

Vlad the Impala: Mt Fuji! It's a myth! I've been to Tokyo several times and never seen it: not from street level, not from the observation platform at the maritime museum, not from the top of the Tokyo Tower. I've even been right past it on the Shinkansen - but apparently it was on vacation that day?

It's just a story, like the Loch Ness Monster - designed to fleece the gullible.


You can see it from Yokota Air Base.

/Tokyo is a big city
2013-01-06 12:47:30 PM  
1 vote:
A few years ago, you could drive along the waterfront in Charlestown, MA, and see Old Ironsides across a parking lot. Now there are luxury condos in the way, where luxurious condo dwellers are sitting on the view. Your memory has just been sold.
2013-01-06 12:15:40 PM  
1 vote:

dervish16108: Anyone have a google street view of that place? If you have the address in romaji, you can plug it into diddlefinger.com


80% of that sentence would have made absolutely no sense 20 years ago.
2013-01-06 12:04:23 PM  
1 vote:
I saw an interesting piece on NHK the other day. Some Japanese artist painted a series of views of different vantage points of Mount Fuji. They were cheap when initially released. Now a print will sell for as much as a house (so they said). Damn NHK not giving exact figures again even though they do measure rainfall in millimeters. Really? Who farking cares about the millimeters of rain? I only care when we get multiple INCHES./

They didn't say it, but I got the impression the guy was like the Japanese version of Norman Rockwell.
2013-01-06 11:53:01 AM  
1 vote:

kd8our: dervish16108: Anyone have a google street view of that place? If you have the address in romaji, you can plug it into diddlefinger.com

diddlefinger.com that sounds like a place one might find a load of white windowless vans... for sale.


It's a Penn State fanblog.
2013-01-06 11:51:40 AM  
1 vote:

stuffy: Why not put an observation deck on top of the building?


That's what this guy thinks too:

"I've seen the view of Mount Fuji from up there," said one man. "It's far better."

But both of you kinda miss the point of being able to see the mountain from the street. Maybe I don't want to have to wait in line, get in an elevator, and possibly pay to glance at the mountain, whereas before, I could stop on the street and see it just fine.

/it's inevitable, really. Nobody is going to forfeit millions of dollars in real estate deals to preserve the view of a mountain
//actually, if ANYONE would, it'd be the Japanese
///maybe the Swedes/Norwegians
2013-01-06 11:39:07 AM  
1 vote:
In Tokyo they have (or used to have) 'sunshine laws' that kept you from constructing a building that blocked the sun from shining on your neighbor's home. I wonder if viewsheds fall under that law too?

/visited relative that lived in Japan
2013-01-06 11:36:40 AM  
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dervish16108: Anyone have a google street view of that place? If you have the address in romaji, you can plug it into diddlefinger.com


diddlefinger.com that sounds like a place one might find a load of white windowless vans... for sale.
2013-01-06 11:30:36 AM  
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