難波の南蛮、戎橋の夷。

City With a Laser

I hadn’t visited Nagoya in almost a year, and it was about time I brought someone along.  It’s pretty close to Osaka metro by local express lines, so we booked it.  I was excited to travel to another region in the country for the first time in ages with fellow travelers.

So Nagoya.  Japan’s Third City.  The Middle Capital.  2.2 million people.  Not nearly as built up structurally as Tokyo or Osaka, but featuring some major towers.

I featured plenty of architecture shots in my last big Nagoya post, but left out this building just across from the main train station. It felt a bit plain and stodgy to me. Now I learn it's Japan's fifth tallest. Also, I've started to appreciate plainish buildings that use their materials well. I have a thing for that lustrous stone, and really like green glass.

Of course it pales to the Mode Gakuen Tower. Talk about a hell of a vocational school.

Nagoya Central Park. Lady implores the Not Eiffel Tower.

Which is Nagoya Tower, finished in the mid 1950s when the great Japanese cities were building steel frame towers as symbols of industry.  Turns out you can go up.  Time to try and get some night photos of the city.

Looking west to Nagoya Station, across the busiest and most built-up parts of town, Sakae and Fushimi.

Looking south down Central Park, eventually to Nagoya Harbor. You can see a green laser firing out of the park. Yes, Nagoya has a laser. More on that later.

Out north, over Nagoya Castle to the city's suburbia.

Looking west to quieter parts of the city

So more on that laser…

It’s an installation in the park that seems to alternate between shining straight up, and…

right at the tower.

Talk about strange occult symbolism.  Is there a Chukyo Illuminati Chapter?

The laser’s really strange too.  The way it propagates through the air at distance gives it a relatively constant thickness in your perspective, no matter how far away the beam is.  See the last picture for instance.  It’s almost impossible to judge perspective based on the beam alone.  I’m not sure who came up with the laser idea, if it’s permanent or a temporary exhibition, if it has symbolism or is just supposed to be neat, but…hey, welcome to Nagoya!

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One response

  1. lord kelvin

    by the way I am enjoying these photographs very much. You have captured the sunlight of that day, and also the cold of that laser evening.

    February 11, 2012 at 10:02 AM

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