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(The Japan News)   Tokyo to install artificial turf in public areas in order to meet green coverage ratios, baffling experts. "It's like making a garden with fake flowers. It looks green to human eyes, but it's far from the original intent of greenification"   ( the-japan-news.com) divider line
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2013-04-29 08:37:10 AM  
Welcome to Japan, home of the loophole.
2013-04-29 08:42:45 AM  
And for sports things, this would be good because Japanese sports fields are always pea gravel lots instead of grass. Too many people in Tokyo, the real turf wears out quickly.

Not sure it's a good idea to use it in parks, though. There's already so little green here...
2013-04-29 09:08:30 AM  
Yes and no.  There is green for environmental reasons, and there is green for aesthetic reasons.  People like seeing "nature", if they can't see the difference it still works.
2013-04-29 09:18:38 AM  
I'll take astroturf over concrete or asphalt any day.   Even if only for the visual difference.
2013-04-29 09:26:48 AM  

Girion47: I'll take astroturf over concrete or asphalt any day.   Even if only for the visual difference.

Nerima actually has a lot of green already. I don't understand where they'll be putting this.

At Nerima station, there's a big ass tree with no less than three crow nests made from liberated wire coat hangers. It looks really badass in the winter when it looks like the tree is growing wire balls like pine cones. Lots of sakura in the spring, too.
2013-04-29 09:39:46 AM  
Most modern AstroTurf also helps stop erosion and runoff, so its a vast improvement from dirt.
2013-04-29 09:43:11 AM  

doglover: Welcome to Japan, home of the loophole.

I thought this sort of legalistic shiat only happened in America. Is this what we did to them post-war?
2013-04-29 09:52:06 AM  
I always thought Japan had tons of greenery, even in downtown Tokyo. Maybe Nerima ward is different.
2013-04-29 09:58:48 AM  
What colour will the tentacles be?
2013-04-29 09:58:49 AM  

Girion47: I'll take astroturf over concrete or asphalt any day.   Even if only for the visual difference.

I forget where I was that I saw this. But in the downtown area in this town they had painted a lot of the concrete green to mimic the appearance of grassy areas. I thought that that was just weird.
2013-04-29 10:01:43 AM  
A Tlee Glows In Blookryn?
2013-04-29 10:21:09 AM  
2013-04-29 10:22:07 AM  
Crap image post fail

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2013-04-29 10:46:08 AM  
Uh-huh... and what happens to the plastic long-term? Are future geologists going to find entire strata of plastic underground?

It's not really a good idea to shrink-wrap the world just so we can create a first-order simulacrum (that is, looks like grass but it isn't). Having the ground look green just isn't that important.

This will lead to second-order simulacra, wherein people think plastic is natural and forget what real grass was.
2013-04-29 10:52:04 AM  
Sounds like something the Chinese would do.

Come on Japan, you used to be cool.
2013-04-29 10:54:09 AM  

A panda is seen holding up a sign with the words "I know nothing about this, I'm just a cute panda" while playing shogi.
2013-04-29 11:54:20 AM  
That word "green" you use:
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2013-04-29 11:55:43 AM  
This makes Danny DeVito sad.
2013-04-29 12:57:04 PM  
You do see a lot more turf in Japanese videos than in American ones.  I had no idea it was artificial, though.
2013-04-29 04:59:47 PM  
How very Japanese.
2013-04-29 05:11:33 PM  
In Arizona, green-painted gravel was a popular "lawn" for many years. It's fallen out of fashion but there are still firms that specialize in it.
2013-04-29 05:45:12 PM  
I read that as turd and wasn't surprised even a bit.
2013-04-29 08:25:38 PM  
"Nerima Ward included a plan to cover the grounds of five public schools in the ward, 1.4 hectares in total, with natural turf in its five-year plan starting in fiscal 2007. However, it scrapped the idea as schools complained about the time required for cutting, fertilizing and doing other maintenance work."

How about planting something that doesn't require mainenance? Or learning to deal with seeing grass that's more than a few inches high?I still don't understand why we insist that all grass must be cut. If you're using it for a playing field, sure, but if not, why bother?

Also, if they ARE using it on the playing fields at schools, why don't they just do the Japanese thing and have the students maintain it?
2013-04-29 10:44:24 PM  
And yet millions of people still think the Kyoto accords were something other than Japan and a few other countries trying to use politics to undermine American and European industrial economies.
2013-04-30 07:15:12 AM  
When I lived in tokyo there was a working bee at our apartment block that all the residents were expected to attend. I watched about 40 people on their hands and knees in a line dig up every blade of grass in the common area where the kids played. Turned it back into pure dirt. Yes I was ostracized because I liked it better as grass and didn't participate.
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