Tokyo Damage Report

die as you live – regimented and conformist!

 Aoyama Cemetary! Built on a hill, so you can get yourself a little birds-eye-view of the grid layout:

 Even after they die, Japanese people get to rest in terribly tiny, cramped apartments.

 Pretty much the only thing different from the living Tokyoites’ apartments is, the dead get to have some greenery.

Made possible by the plants feeding off their bones, of course, but still.

 

 

 below: find the cat

 

 

 

 

 

 

and then I noticed something:

 

 

The crowding and cramped-ness  was not the ONLY thing graveyards had in common with the city!

 If you look at Tokyo from the correct angle, it looks like one BIG CEMETARY!

 

Where does the graveyard stop and the city of the living begin?!?

 

 

 It’s all squares, grids, rigid lines enforced by the social heirarchies of The Man! Think about it, people.

(drummer clicks sticks: 1-2-3-4!)

 

 

below: a grave under construction:

 

 

 Finally: a combination grave and love-hotel:

 That’s right – ! Looks like my fanciful ‘business proposal’ last month was not that far off the mark . . .

 rest . . . in peace!

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  1. François November 5th, 2009 8:31 pm

    Hilarious and right on point!
    The difference I notice between the cubes for the living and the one for the dead:
    The former grinds your soul.
    The later has you burnt to ashes to start with and/or devoured by maggots. Neat!

  2. patrick November 7th, 2009 4:47 pm

    man, it looks like you’re having fun. i want some too.

  3. steven November 10th, 2009 9:27 am

    i had that exact thought the first time i wandered through aoyama cemetary and noticed tokyo midtown in the distance. the shape and proportions of that building in particular are spot on with the graves.

  4. mali November 14th, 2009 2:58 am

    I’m loving the grave under construction. 😀 I can never look at Tokyo the same way again.

  5. Mia October 22nd, 2012 11:07 pm

    This is so funny and so sad at the same time. I so want to check out the cemeteries in Tokyo, I think we have one just below our apartment, but I don't know if it's just to walk in and look or if it's some strange rules about how and when to enter… 

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