by Peter Nelson

All in all, Japan is one amazing country.  I was there 3 times, over the period from 1966 to 1975.  It’s a glorious place — scenically beautiful, with the most spectacular temples and gardens, delightful food, glorious nightlife, and some of the most vibrant cities on the planet.  But because it’s so mountainous, almost ¾ of the country is unsuitable for residential or agricultural use.  As a result, the cost of real estate can be spectacular.  One square meter in downtown Tokyo is currently going for $2,500.  That’s why they build the buildings so tall and skinny!

 

All in all, Japan is one amazing country.  I was there 3 times, over the period from 1966 to 1975.  It’s a glorious place — scenically beautiful, with the most spectacular temples and gardens, delightful food, glorious nightlife, and some of the most vibrant cities on the planet.  But because it’s so mountainous, almost ¾ of the country is unsuitable for residential or agricultural use.  As a result, the cost of real estate can be spectacular.  One square meter in downtown Tokyo is currently going for $2,500.  That’s why they build the buildings so tall and skinny! Photo c219 – You’ll recognize these 3 chaps — See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil Photo c230 – Land’s End, at the tip of Hokkaido.  Japan is composed of over 6,800 islands.  I wonder if they counted these little guys. Photo c240 – A fishing village in northern Hokkaido. 	Photo c242 – A farmer’s hut on a coastal road. 	Photo c243 – Even when they build out in the middle of nowhere, they make the structures tidy and lovely.
You’ll recognize these 3 chaps — See No Evil, Speak No Evil, Hear No Evil 

 Land’s End, at the tip of Hokkaido.  Japan is composed of over 6,800 islands.  I wonder if they counted these little guys.
Land’s End, at the tip of Hokkaido.  Japan is composed of over 6,800 islands.  I wonder if they counted these little guys.
A fishing village in northern Hokkaido.
A fishing village in northern Hokkaido.
A farmer’s hut on a coastal road.
A farmer’s hut on a coastal road.
Even when they build out in the middle of nowhere, they make the structures tidy and lovely.