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.
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.
So more on that laser…
It’s an installation in the park that seems to alternate between shining straight up, and…
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!