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Friday, October 29, 2010

There's No Biodiversity In Tarmac

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The images below are of a new convenience store near where I live in Nagoya.

There's No Biodiversity In Tarmac Nagoya


The store must have the largest car park of any konbini in Japan. It used to be a second hand car showroom which went bust recently. As is often the case in Japan, when a business goes into liquidation its premises are simply leveled and tarmaced over, awaiting a new owner.

Nagoya Convenience Store


A small area at the edge of the car park, which only ever has a few cars in it, has been turfed and a sign "planted" politely asking customers to keep quiet so as not to disturb the neighbors.

As Nagoya hosts the COP 10 conference this month and suffered from its hottest ever summer this year, its mystifying why so little is done to combat the city's notorious heat island effect.

Nagoya Convenience Store, Tenpaku-ku


Trees? Who needs 'em? Trees are not part of the convenience culture.

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