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Monday, June 9, 2008

Urban Oases

In a highly urbanized city like Tokyo, real estate is a prime commodity. Every little parcel of land has to be put to maximum use.

It’s a good thing though, that urban planners try the best they could to give the city folks some breathing space in an environment that has grown claustrophobic through the years. Developers now realize the need for trees and shrubbery, aesthetically placing them in what could have been just another concrete jungle.

In the Roppongi area, there are two recent additions to the skyscrapers milieu, and both “wasted” plenty of expensive space for parks and modern art.

Here’s the Tokyo Midtown Hotel.....

and the Roppongi Hills (office-cum-high end shopping center).
Both places now attract an endless stream of visitors, as they all try to take respite from the seemingly-unbearble harassment of everyday city life.

14 comments:

Lawstude said...

wow. iba rin talaga disiplina ng hapon no? ang ganda ng mixture ng urban at flora.

ingats lagi panyero.

MakMak said...

Wow. Nice architectural designs. And is that a moster spider? Eek. Ehehehe.

the donG said...

amazing!!! i really want to visit Tokyo. looking at how nice the place is. it looks like there's a balance of nature and technology here.

R-yo said...

Lawstude: Galing nga Nyero. Pinag-isipan talaga at ang ganda ng execution. Natural ang dating.

Mak: The monster spider greets visitors to Roppongi Hills. Hindi ko pa nga lang natatanong ang kanyang significance. Baka modern art lang. :-)

Dong: Just in case mapadpad ka ng Tokyo, don't hesitate to find me. Yun nga lang, di ako magaling na tourist guide dahil wla pa ako halos nagagala dito.

Coldman said...

pag pumunta po ba ako ng Tokyo, ipapasyal nyo ako?

KRIS JASPER VAN DYKE said...

parang nasabi na lahat dun sa taas...

cool yung last pic... ganda nung pagkalandscape....

The Gasoline Dude said...

Ang ganda sa Japan! Sana makapunta din ako d'yan balang araw, kahit pa bansa ito ni Sadako. = P

Ayus ang blog mo! Ba't ba ngayon lang ako nakadaan dito? *LOL*

R-yo said...

coldman: Of course! ako na magiging tagakuha mo ng nakatalikod. :-)

Kris: pasyal ka rin dito. sabay na kayo ni coldman. :-)

Gasoline Dude: Sama ka na rin sa dalawa para sobrang saya. Oo nga e, bihira kang mapadaan. Madami ka kasing byahe. Iba na pag me sarili kang gasolinahan. :-)

Lad said...

it's been awhile ryo hehe.

aba papasyal ba jan si kris, kala ko dito sa paris siya papasyal.

ayos tong mga pic mo ah. ang kyut nung parang spider na malaki haha. daddy long leg na mejo monster ang itsura

R-yo said...

lad: aba, napadaan yata lahat ang mga byahero! Lad, sama ka na rin rin sa tropa. Di kaya ng powers ko ang Paris, e. :-)

Ely said...

Makes me appreciate Japanese modern architecture more. PInag-aralan namin yan dati pero more on interior design, traditionally, kakaiba kasi mga interiors bahay nila...

ardee sean said...

Nice views.Napakacreative.I like the last one pic, relax with nature.. :P

curbside_puppet said...

hi! gusto ko pumunta diyan sa roponggi and ginza and shinjuku.

it's my first time to see your blog, if i can remember. :)

Anonymous said...

good read, post more!