Low-Maintenance Nature

Following on from the earlier post about nature scenes in cities, here’s a look at another common Japanese phenomenon: artificial nature.

In parks and outdoor areas across the country one often stumbles upon almost-but-not-quite authentic-looking examples of fake nature used in place of the real thing.

To a Western mind, it does seem strange that existing natural phenomena are removed, only to be replaced by artificial substitutes decorated to look like the original. However if one considers the overall cleanliness (very important in Japanese culture) and lack of maintenance required for such things, it all makes perfect sense.

Most commonly seen is “wood” made of concrete, as the following examples show:

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~ by JapanGasm on 17 May, 2010.

4 Responses to “Low-Maintenance Nature”

  1. This is fantastic. I guess it keeps the concrete and paint companies happy, but I think they should get better artists to make the designs look more realistic.

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  4. […] …and an absolutely extraordinary piece of fake woodery. […]

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