Japan’s Gigantic Underground

Japan's underground

PingMag — the Tokyo-based magazine about “Design and Making Things” — talked to Joe Nishizawa who took pictures of Japan’s giant underground installations1:

A enormous underground tunnel that runs through 40metres under the Hibiya Junction Tokyo or an underground dome that lies 500metres below deep in the mountains of Gunma…? In Japan unimaginably large spaces underneath our ground level lives exist.

The photographs shown in PingMag’s article and in Joe Nishizawa’s gallery look like still images from movies like Logan’s Run or THX 1138 with a tiny bit of my beloved Blade Runner atmosphere but they could also be photos of the inside of a Borg vessel on Star Trek or screenshots of modern video games.

Nishizawa (who published these photos in his book ‘Deep Inside’) says:

Shapes, colours, lights – not a single element you see in the photos was designed for the sake of beauty. They were totally designed for ultimate functionality.

It’s really amazing what the underground can look like!

Via Boing Boing

  1. I’ve posted about similar photos of Japan’s huge sewer facilities earlier.
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