(Original here. Thanks to Ned.)
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Peter Gilbert: "I believe this came about as a direct result of the major earthquake that struck the Osaka-Kobe region in the first part of the 1990s (I was in Japan the, but I can't remember the date offhand). So many houses were destroyed the authorities set up 'temporary' housing like what you see in this photo. But, the people relocated to these areas became close neighbors and resisted being resettled to permanent new housing."
Hudson: "Did some Goggling and found the story. The team was sold and moved to another city. The stadium was used to display model homes. It has since been torn down and replaced with a mall."
Mike replies: Figures. I like Peter's vision better—a tiny, quirky, but close micro-community in a little bubble inside the big city. Sigh.
Peter Gilbert adds: "On closer inspection I see Ned's image was shot in 1991, before the great Hanshin earthquake that I mentioned (which occurred in 1995), so although my previous comments about folks being relocated then resisting relocation are true in general, this situation at the old Osaka stadium is obviously not one of those. Apologies for the error."
Ned Bunnell: "To provide some context for this photo, Osaka stadium was home to the Nankai Hawks baseball team. I remember the Hawks name because I bought caps for my boys and they were quite the curiosity item with all their friends. The Hawks were sold and moved to Fukuoka City in 1988 or 1989. Since the stadium was abandoned, the City of Osaka, working with a trade group, turned it into a giant outdoor home show with rows of various model homes from several construction companies.
"If I remember correctly, the houses were a failure, as most Japanese in the greater Osaka area were not interested in western style housing and the quality of construction was not up to their expectations. I think the stadium was finally demolished in the late '90s."