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Do As Tokyo Does Water Treatment Facility?
(Entered Mar. 24, 2010)
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It's pretty hard to find new or interesting places to visit when you've lived in a city for 10 years, even one the size of Tokyo. Sometimes I think to myself that I've seen pretty much ever square inch of it, and experienced all the weird and interesting culture and places it has available to throw at me...
In an effort to prove myself wrong I sometimes look at Tokyo on Google maps to see if an aerial view can help uncover anything unusual, and found what looked to be a large clump of small, square pools. Seeing how they're located fairly close to my apartment, I set out to see if I could get a look at them, and find out what they are.

area map of grid pools

It turned out to be what looked like some kind of water treatment facility, but as there were no signs, and very tight security, there was no way to really know. The plant was located beside, and slightly below, a public park but getting any view or decent shots was difficult. The below shot required me to climb up a fence and balance my camera on top of it, while people in the park looked on in askance.

water treatment facility machiya

There were three entrances to the park and they were all completely fenced off as in the picture below, to prevent any ninja-like terrorists from entering I suppose. The entrance gates had heavy locks on them that would seal the park off in the evening. All three entrances went over the plant, so you could look down and watch the black pools (to the left and right of the bridge) doing some kind of filtration thing.
Ok then, curiousity satisfied. Next?

water treatment plant machiya

If anybody out there has any recommendations of interesting things that I haven't yet eaten, seen or done here in Tokyo (and if you look at the archives you'll see that I've done a lot), I'd love to hear from you!


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