Monday, June 05, 2006

Neglect and decay, part 1: Expo '85 sign

I live in a rather strange place; from here the glitter and grandeur of the big city begins to slowly melt away into endless stretches of rice fields and mountains. Far from the watchful eye of the Tokyo metropolitan government, things in the countryside tend to get missed.

Back in 1985--the year that gave us Back to the Future, New Coke, and Mötley Crüe's Theatre of Pain--the city of Tsukuba hosted the world expo. This actually led to the creation of a whole new city in Ibaraki prefecture, as well as massive amounts of transportation and technlological infrastructure.

A faded sign

Over 20 years later, there are several remenants of the then much-heralded world expo. Unfortunately, some of them are there simply because of neglect. Cabin Cigarettes--apparently one of the sponsors--put this sign up near where I live. The problem is, even almost a quarter of a century later, nobody's bothered to take it down. The once-vibrant colouring has long since faded away, like the memories of the expo have no doubt faded from the minds of the people out in the countryside.


At 11:57 p.m., Anonymous Suby said...

Not bad, a tad bit overexposed, nothing a little trip to your camrea manual cannot rectify. I like your photo journalistic style.

Will come back and comment more. Busy at the moment :)


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