Kitakami Photoblog

Daily photos from Kitakami, a small town in Northern Japan, and its surroundings.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

That's Japan, too

It's very current to see such old vehicles rusting away along the roads, some of them even filled with garbage to make use of the room inside.The smaller and remoter the roads, the more. (Although it's not very often that you see a car on the top of an old bus).
Some time ago, I read an explanation for this: The Japanese consider men as part of nature, and therefore everything made by men as well. So every old car belongs to nature, too, and so it's perfectly normal to leave it in some nice forest in the mountains, quickly overgrown by plants and slowly rusting away.


Anonymous Jeffrey Friedl said...

Hahah, that's a funny notion, but people leave cars like that because they don't want to pay to dispose of them properly. You'll find selfish people like that in any society, and indeed, Japan is no exception...

10:17 AM  
Blogger Julia said...

Of course they don't want to pay, and that nature thing is a good way to explain to themselves and others why they don't even need to.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Roberto Allende said...

I’m surprised by this practice. I would have thought that they might have helped the process along by at least returning the materials back into its original elements as much as possible.

3:24 PM  
Blogger Julia said...

I think if the steel price continues to soar, they'll stop it anyway and rather recycle the metal and sell it instead of wasting it like this.

3:42 PM  

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