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suburb report: the Tachikawa game

Tachikawa is weird. Besides being one of the biggest gambling 'hoods in Tokyo, it's also the municipal government hub for ALL the 'burbs in west Tokyo. So there's this one neighborhood in north Tachikawa that has endless reams of these identical giant, Stalinist, concrete beuraucratic cubes – you go there and imagine that the city  was dedigned by 60-foot-tall people. You expect to see godzillas tromping past you in giant 3-piece suits carrying forms in triplicate.

 

Without further ado, I present to you THE TACHIKAWA GAME:

can you match the cyclopean ferroconcrete cube to its function?

 

For each building, pick a function from this list:

SCIENCE INSTITUTE

COURTROOM

POLICE ACADEMY

JAIL

HOUSING PROJECT

CITY HALL

HOUSING PROJECT


 

BUILDING ONE

 

 

 

 

BUILDING TWO;

 

 

 

 

BUILDING THREE

 

 

 

 

BUILDING FOUR

 

 

BUILDING FIVE:

 

 

BUILDING SIX:


ANSWERS;

 

ONE: JAIL

TWO: CITY HALL

THREE: SCIENCE INSTITUTE

FOUR: PROJECT HOUSING

FIVE: COURTHOUSE

SIX: POLICE ACADEMY

 

Give yourself one point for each right answer. Or don't, whatever, we're all grown-ups now.

 

LESSON LEARNED:

As much as I  hate "French Philosophers",  even I have to admit that maybe Mikey Fokoot (sp?) was onto something with his book DISCIPLINE AND PUNISH.  Not that I'd ever actually read the book. But apparently he argues that the massive influx of country people to the cities during the industrial revolution . . .this massive influx required The Man to quickly invent ways of housing and, more importantly, managing the new urban poor. And that the housing/management situation was devised using the same interchangeable-cogs-in-the-machine mentality of the Industrial Revolution machines themselves. Oh snap!  In a nutshell, Faux-coot said that  prisons, schools, army barracks, and factories all resemble each other. 

 

So  in Tachikawa, you can grow up in the projects, then go to court, and then get thrown in jail, all with maximum efficiency – without ever leaving one square kilometer! And the jail is nicer looking than city hall!!!

 

BONUS FREAKERY;

the "science institute" is home to . ..

 

1) JAPANESE LIT

2) POLAR RESEARCH

3) STATISTICAL MATHEMATICS.

 

WTF?!?!?

I wonder if it's like the prison, where the polar researchers can't walk around the yard alone or they'll get jumped and shanked by the literature majors?
 And the staticians have their one table in the mess hall, and sit glaring at the polar reserachers' table menacingly, brandishing their protractors. And lord help the new guy if he gets off the elevator on the wrong floor.

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  1. Sophisto November 17th, 2010 7:39 pm

    The clique war in the last building would make for one hell of a musical.

    West Side story with an intellectual love triangle. Also bonus points if the polar researchers are a little crazy in the Antarctic "At The Mountains Of Madness" way.
    Thanks for sharing these sweet pics of urban big block architecture. Might their sameness also come from earthquake considerations?

  2. freedomwv November 19th, 2010 11:44 am

    Those building really do remind me of Red Russia. What nation do I live in again…oh that`s right Japan!

  3. szaszha November 20th, 2010 2:09 am

    i had the first one as a prison because it was the only one with a  barb wire fence. although in typical japanese style, the prisoners are probably so obsessed with honor or something that escape isnt much of a threat, so the fence isnt very threatening. compare that to the massive razor and barb wire walls that line US penitentiaries. wow. the first picture is also the most telling: you can see that you're in the suburbs by the brushy fenced in areas, the massive expanse of sky, and the guardrail by the highway that everything is built along. cant have suburbs without those massive freeways.

  4. Cobras November 28th, 2010 10:47 am

    Police Academy was an excellent film.

  5. Adam December 25th, 2016 8:52 am

    Japan is fascinating. I would love to visit Tokyo one day.

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