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(Japan Times)   Journalist thinks there is an underground city below Tokyo. Anime fans say "Told you so"   ( japantimes.co.jp) divider line
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2003-03-09 02:50:54 PM  
Shadeyboi, don't forget our "secret" subway stations :) Aka Lower Bay station, Lower Queen station, and there's a whole subway tunnel sitting under Eglinton Ave. west that was begun but canned... apparently the tunnel exists but no stations or tracks were ever built.

One site that has a lot of cool stories about tunnels and abandoned places (includes a photo tour of an abandoned missile silo!) Infiltration.org
2003-03-09 02:54:18 PM  
theres a guy somewhere that turned an abandoned missle silo into a home, Kneecap_Rapist. it was pretty cool except for lack of daylight. i either saw it on discovery, or extreme homes not sure which.
2003-03-09 02:54:52 PM  
"Why am I ignored? Can I be on to something, and there is a conspiracy to silence me? I believe so."

why are you such a freak, could it be that you are a tard, I believe so.
2003-03-09 02:59:58 PM  
Back in my college (Ohio University) town of Athens, Ohio, there was a tremendous maze of tunnels that I personally have seen. They had been made to make centralized distribution of heating oil, lantern gas (its an old school) and later electricity easier. Interestingly, the federal government had also spent some time there, as it is in the middle of no-where, at the end of Route 50, which has its other end in Washington, D.C., and had put an extrordinary amount of money into making it one of their possible "Nuclear", or if you're a GW fan "Nucular" attack, etc. interestingly enough, the tunnels were part of the draw, as personnel could go from concrete building to concrete building without ever going outside, etc, so the Japanese may have a similar structure, and are keeping it a bit coser to the capitol, since I imagine that the infrastructure surrounding and including Tokyo would be extremely difficult to enable a political/military(yeah yeah... police) evacuation, so down is the way to go, and then traveling through even the public tunnels would be a much safer and prudent method of reaching their "fallout shelter" or may even BE the site of their 2nd capitol. Interesting read. I'l have to see what else there is. I'm not so sure that no-one has been able to walk down that tunnel, etc.
2003-03-09 03:03:32 PM  
he doesn't need to worry about future income. There are a lot of press outlets in the U.S. who will offer him a job.
2003-03-09 03:12:52 PM  
AlamoAnnie- haha like the star......I can see it now "underground tunel from DC to bat boys house!" haha
2003-03-09 03:15:59 PM  

and this dude wil steal it

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2003-03-09 03:16:15 PM  
It's no secret that there's an underground city in Toronto:

Toronto PATH
2003-03-09 03:22:30 PM  
Wow, PATH seems pretty cool. Having problems with urban sprawl? Trying to concerve green space? Expand down.
2003-03-09 03:31:57 PM  
In Atlanta, we have the right idea: when the new city was built over the Civil War ruins, we later excavated and turned the old underground into a shopping center.

Underground Atlanta
2003-03-09 03:35:46 PM  
Whoops, this is a better link.

REALLY Underground Atlanta
2003-03-09 03:52:13 PM  
Can we put the anime fans there?

On a more serious note, the question is why someone's gotten biatchy about this reporter. If it was *honestly* historical, they shouldn't care or bother to. If it isn't, that is, if it's being used for something currently, maybe that's the reason...
2003-03-09 04:00:46 PM  
Its all because of NERV. Only a matter of time before the Angels arrive...
2003-03-09 04:09:41 PM  
Somewhere, Seattle is laughing at Tokyo.

Now THAT'S a city with an underground.
2003-03-09 04:09:50 PM  
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2003-03-09 04:20:36 PM  
Probably a bunch of Giant Fighting Seizure-Inducing Robot hangars.

(OK, that was bad, but someone already took the tentacle monster joke...)
2003-03-09 04:56:56 PM  
No, no, you got it all wrong. The tunnels are actually where paying customers can go to chase real live Pokemon. This reporter is just pissed cause he couldn't catch 'em all!

Or maybe it's a friggin conspiracy. Sigh.
2003-03-09 05:31:14 PM  

The creators of Metropolis surrender... Along with anyone else who thought it was a floating city.
2003-03-09 05:33:02 PM  
It would be awesome if it turned out to be some sort of military construction from pre-WWII days, I wouldn't discount something like that being built by the same government who built the Yamato class battleships (massive insane engineering project). Would also explain the secrecy - the war created a lot of anti-military sentiment among the Japanese people which exists to this day.
2003-03-09 05:35:36 PM  
Well, duh!

The manga rape demon has to live _somewhere_.

Sheesh, you guys.
2003-03-09 05:52:18 PM  
I visited MIT once cause a freind worked there, and we explored all these underground tunnels that connect all the buildings together. They're easy to get to. Just go into just about any MIT building and look off to the sides of the halls for straiwells. They'll go down 2-3 floors below ground and if you wander around for a while you'll find these long long tunnels that go between the buildings. I don't think these are the steam tunnels through that people talk about. I think those must be cramped and dirty tunnels. These are clean brightly lit tunnels that people use often.
2003-03-09 05:55:52 PM  
Shadeyboi: I can't find "Way Downtown" on IMDB, are you sure that's the name?
2003-03-09 05:58:23 PM  
Montreal has an underground city too.
2003-03-09 06:05:05 PM  
hmmm, maybe the tunnels contain world war ii secrets that the japanese government doesn't want the world to know about... an aborted secret experiment... corpses... and that kind of stuff
2003-03-09 06:08:10 PM  
2003-03-09 06:08:53 PM  
2003-03-09 06:37:25 PM  
Actually, I read about this in Japanese class, and it was pretty interesting. Apparently, the journalist has old subway maps, and according to the map, two subway lines cross perpendicularly, and one line just trails off into the distance. The government wouldn't explain these two impossibilities.

There are also large structures that are now parking garages, but show up on old maps long before there were any surrounding buildings that would require a garage.

Probably atomic shelters or things like that, but it's strange that the government is blackballing him rather than explaining the anomalies.
2003-03-09 06:59:58 PM  
Even little towns have secret underground places. Here's the ones where I am at right now.


So.. big deal... Open them up to tourists like we do.
2003-03-09 07:04:49 PM  
Vindication for night of yore spent shroomin' balls watching Akira and other tales of Neo-Tokyo. My hallucinations were a realization of a future and present coexisting harmoniously with...whoa, ummm...nevermind...

/huh? *damn drugs*

how else do you explain how they've been getting food down to Gojirra?
2003-03-09 08:18:02 PM  
There are vast underground tunnels at the Magic Kingdom in Florida Disney World. There are employee offices down there, and you can access any part of the park. It also smells unbelievably disgusting down there, due to the lack of ventilation. Even worse, they use it to transport pallets of food, right next to pallets of garbage. That should give you a good idea of how it smells. Been down there a couple times, and couldn't make it far without gagging.
2003-03-09 08:48:40 PM  
I will PS vote for the farker that gets me an english copy of that book. (PS vote for every PS entry until the end of the month.)
2003-03-09 09:53:46 PM  
Seems a little weird that the Japanese government is misdirecting and stonewalling this guy, but then again, not entirely surprising...if there's something akward or unusual, it's more acceptable to just pretend it doesn't exist, even if it's harmless.

Curious though...I've ridden the Ginza line a lot, and never noticed the tunnels mentioned, I'll have to keep an eye out next time. I'm thinking that this guy probably took into account the service tracks and whatnot, and what's left are irregularities....pre-and-postwar. My thought for the stonewalling? Some of them are probably aborted pork-barrel policies that would embarass previous administrations, so they'll just pretend they aren't there.

Other note: Any Edmonton FARKers out there seen the WEM LRT station? I've heard about but never seen it myself, from a former diver there..supposed to be on the 2nd sub-basement level. I think there's also a station at the Leg that's not Grandin...was supposed to be connected to Corona before but was abandoned for some reason.
2003-03-09 09:58:15 PM  
Hasn't anybody heard of that underground city in ?NEBRASKA? i believe, started out as a limestone mine, and got so big that they eventually just put up roads. Now they use it as like a place for collectors to put stuff because of the constant cool temperature. Its on that show hidden places on TLC all the time. Also, is it NORAD that has the hollowed out mountain. Somebody back me up here. Wow I have not had any caffine today and it is showing hardcore.

Oh btw if you add target=new to the end of a link it will make it much easier for farkers when the click it, cause it will open in a new window, like all the links on the main page.
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2003-03-09 10:03:55 PM  
2003-03-09 10:04:21 PM  
Nuts! You have found the secret tunnels where I live. Now I may have to move to somewhere you will never look... like Peoria...

--gojira-san (AKA Godzilla)
2003-03-09 11:10:46 PM  
my bad, a filter maybe to prevent people from putting pop ups on this page? Has to be a filter cause it is not possible that my HTML skillz are nething but the best
2003-03-09 11:34:58 PM  
This kind of stuff is cool...makes me want to go exploring with some water and a digital camera...
2003-03-10 12:36:17 AM  
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Welcome to Nerv.

2003-03-10 01:31:24 AM  
Way-late post noone will read...

All the Eva freaks out there...Tokyo-3 was(is) not near Tokyo. I'm not sure if the actual location was ever given, but it's in a central mountain range, built over Lilith's Egg.

I've also heard that Tokyo-2 is Nagano, but unconfirmed...
2003-03-10 03:35:12 AM  
Corn_Fed you are right about the tunnels in the Magic Kingdom. I know people who work over there, and they say some of the tunnels are large enough for a semi to drive through. Also there are pipes which route liquified trash down there, which accounts for the smell when they fail. I remember when I worked at a Disney resort years ago, a trash pipe busted underground and all the janitorial people were pissed because they had to work OT to clean up. I have also heard about large trucks carrying around what looked like armored vehicles under covers down there.

Just that they build tunnels in Florida is pretty surprising, considering you can dig a few feet most anywhere here and strike water.

Damn Disney farking up the environment, again!
2003-03-10 11:53:21 AM  
The unmapped Tokyo subway tunnels were built during the cold war. Advertising them makes them easier to target by North Korea. Wake up, chowderheads!
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