Visiting Yumenoshima (Dream Island) full of palms and garbage

Before the rainy season and summer heat, I took a few day trips in Tokyo. One of the more remarkable places is Yumenoshima (夢の島), which means Dream Island.

It was begun in the 1960s as a place to store huge amounts of garbage by creating a large island in Tokyo Bay. Today it has an enormous incinerator, spectacular greenhouse for plants, a gym, a marina, and some overgrown park areas.

Of the palms I recognized the Canary Island palm, and what look like Mediterranean palms. Mostly deserted excepted for a few people going to the gym and cut off from the city by freeways, the park is large and somewhat mysterious. I love how the area around the incinerator and marina are full of surveillance video cameras and speakers everywhere playing muzak.

Three more images show a mosaic sign on the path pointing toward the greenhouse, the incinerator in all its twilight glory, and a cool analog sign reporting the emissions levels of the incinerators. I love how the numbers are impossible for lay people to interpret!

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