Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Wakasu Seaside Park (Wakasu Keihin Koen) and the Gate Bridge

From Jonanjima park (blue mark on the left) we biked under the tunnel to an island which doesn't appear to have a name, but  it's is a waste disposal / power generation plant. (and I am 99% sure the site of Umi no Mori... though I wonder how they get their mail at the moment....
(The links below are quite interesting.) From there we went to blue marker on the right, Wakasu Keihin Koen.  It's a relatively new park that allows overnight camping (for a fee) and is at the eastern end of Tokyo Gate Bridge.  The Gate bridge opened a little over a year ago with relatively little fanfare.
I guess as more landfill islands are created, more bridges are going to need to be built... reducing the landfill would seem like a good option, though if there are enough artificial islands in the Bay, Tokyo might be able
develop power creation subsistence... 
\  Information about the power generation
Biking along
This is a newly opened bridge / newly opened bridge approach.
Tokyo Gate Bridge - opened 12 Feb 2012.
Gate Bridge from Wakasu Keihin Koen (seaside park)
You can climb the pylons of the bridge - this is looking south.
Wind farms - TEPCO's not all about spinning of the power generation to the
regions.  I'd like to see them put a nuclear facility here..better still, next to the Diet.
It might force some responsible thinking.
I can sympathise with this sign and its spelling - it took me ages to work
out how to spell Disney in Japanese letters & it still confuses me.
Looking north from the pylon (dirty glass). Central Tokyo's industrial
heartland. - all on reclaimed land.
Windmills looking out to the north west.
The pylon - we didn't walk the whole way across the bridge & back
If the weather had been clearer, I  might have been tempted.
Good luck Tokyo... I don't think Tokyo Governor Inose's
comment implying that Istanbul was unsuitable because
it is in an Islamic country  will have done much for Tokyo's cause.
Tokyo might be better placed to host a geriatric Olympics.
With a rapidly declining population it's not like it needs
a whole lot of new sporting infrastructure.
The Gate Bridge
A boat going under it.
Wakasu Koen sign
We made an obligatory stop at a bike gear shop - one that has moved to the
burbs.   The whole Tokyo Bay area is a curious mix of industry, expensive
condominiums, manicured gardens and park, the occasional convenience stores and mega stores.
It is totally devoid of typical urban culture like shopping strips, small independent businesses,
temples, shrines.
Umi no Mori:


Rurousha said...

Tokyo Desny! (^0^)

Sometimes, just for the sheer hell of it, I try to write Afrikaans words in katakana.

Our guttural "g" is transcribed as "h". You can imagine what happens to a name like Gert Grobler (former SA ambassador).

Cecilia said...

This is just near Umi no Mori!

His time in Japan must have been excruciating for both him and the Japanese!

Katakana is torture, though it's actually quite useful as a guide with pronunciations of names in languages I have zero familiarity with.