Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Trash Island (ゴミの島)

The actual name is "Dream Island" - This no doubt looks better on the pamphlets.

Though, since this man-made island jutting out into Tokyo Bay was constructed entirely of human waste, I think my title is a tad more appropriate.

The island was created by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. For what exact reason, I don't know. Either the government was at a loss for what to do with all their trash, or they were at a loss as to how to open a bank account and SAVE THEIR MONEY!

The island is home to three main facilities. First up was an absolutely massive sports / fitness center. Seriously, this thing looked half the size of Tokyo Disney. However, as with most places on the island, there seemed to be few people present to use the facility.

Second was a large display building home to the "Lucky Dragon No. 5", a tuna fishing boat that was caught in a U.S. H-bomb test at Bikini Atoll in 1954. The building was one-part history museum, one-part atomic bomb memorial. During my visit, a gaggle of grade school children were all receiving their requisite "horrors of war" lecture from a gray haired museum volunteer.

By far, the shining star of the landfill was its giant tropical greenhouse. I mean, if your overall design theme for the island is "nonsense", why not fully commit? The actual portion of the building open to visitors was quite small, leaving me to wonder, was it really necessary to build Ozymandias's Antarctic lair from Watchmen?

For those interested in visiting Trash Isle, it is located at the final stop of the Yurakucho Subway Line. The station name is "Shin-Kiba".

Unfortunately, Tattoo won't be there to yell, "Ze train! Ze train!"


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