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Thursday, 05 March 2015


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The ultimate gated community!

Neat photo. Gives new meaning to the phrase 'urban infill', for sure.

That's pretty interesting. I bet the homeowners are baseball fans. Talk about a great outdoor aerobics site - all those steps!

I like the way he handled the road on the right.

Talk about a gated community!

Unused stadiums appear to be a well-known town planning problem. The Osaka solution looks positively ham-fisted!


> 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

It's quite unlikely that a picture taken in 1991 would show the result of the major earthquake that struck the Osaka-Kobe region in 1995.

The layout makes it much more likely that the stadium is hosting a real estate fair, with expensive-ish model homes and a simulated marina.

1991, incidentally, is about the time period when Japan's asset price bubble was peaking.

Very reminiscent of a Hakka walled village.

Sets a whole new standard for "luxury box".

I read that it was done as a showcase of model homes (until it was torn down in the late 90s).



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.


A marina? Think about it.

It's worth noting for context that modern Japanese homes are considered to have a lifespan of about 30 years or less. You buy the lot, knock down the existing house, build a new one, and then use it up. Fairly practical, since you'd otherwise have to wonder about accumulating unseen damage from repeated earthquakes. The homeowners here would not necessarily plan on living in this spot indefinitely, but would value their neighbors highly.

Peter, the Kobe quake was in 1995. Just had the 20th anniversary in January.

What's the story with the boats?

What I was intrigued with was the quadrant full of boats. How did that little lake get in there. And did the bleachers go up to let them get to the sea?


Am I the only person to look at this and think: Yeah it's Japan and there is probably some story about a mistranslation of "home field advantage"
Then I saw the boats , Now that's impractical

For what it's worth, there was an arena at Cony Island where they would put on shows of fire fighters putting out apartment building fires, full scale navel battle reenactments, and six day bicycle races. Not at the same time of course.

I have a flat in the former stadium of Arsenal Football Club at Highbury, in London. The former soccer pitch is a trendy Japanese-style garden (all pebbles and strange grasses); and the former spectator stands are glass-fronted apartment blocks. Works quite well!

Naoya Hatakeyama presented a really beautiful diptych of this stadium many moons ago. I highly rate his work generally - I very much recommend checking out his 'Blast' and 'Limehills' projects.

Jack Luke


Late to the game, but my favorite part is the boats.

Most surviving Roman amphitheatres and arenas looked a bit like this, until the later churches, houses and other accreted structures were removed over the last century or so. The Theatre of Marcellus in Rome is still partly built up - and very picturesque too. Oh, and the Romans used to stage naumachiae (naval battles) in such venues too!


It is funny to see that photo. I remember standing in that stadium with all of those houses in it when I first moved here to Japan in '95. Typical Japanese surrealism. Living in Japan is a lot like living in a Salvador Dali painting.

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