Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Around Fuchinobe

A little while ago, I decided that I'd ride the trains out to Fuchinobe, a small station about 15 kilometers west of Noborito, heading away from Tokyo. There was no particular reason for going out there, outside of simply because I could.

Wandering around, I happened upon an old U.S. Army warehouse space, looking rusted and worn down. I think this is where they're storing all those odd artifacts that Indiana Jones dug up.

Maybe it's partly because of the U.S. Army presence here, or because of a nearby university, but there's also a research center in the area for Japan's space agency. Due to this, the neighborhood around the train station has a "space theme". First, in front of the station there's a sculpture that represents a constellation.

Plus a park with signs welcoming you to the station...

And a sundial sponsored by the Rotary Club.

Next, is Pegasus Street...

With themed tiles in the sidewalk. One side of the street has the northern constellations, and the other has the southern ones.

Plus, there's the JAXA Young Astronauts club.

Leiji Matsumoto, famed SF manga artist, has been adopted by the club. Or maybe it's the other way around.

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