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Old 07-10-2017, 10:31 PM   #1
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July 11th, 2017: Playgrounds

Looked at American playgrounds lately? Have you noticed they donít look like you remember from your youth?
Did you notice the kids donít have many bandages, missing teeth, arm slings, or hurt feelings?
A very expensive revolution in our playgrounds has demanded soft surfaces, rounded edges, low heights, and
no taunting, ridiculing, or insulting.
Yo mama is hardly ever heard.

Not so in Japan. They believe in durable concrete which just gets a coat of paint(lead based?) every few years.
A fall from any height is guaranteed to be arrested, as it always has, by the Earth.
Tradition.



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Ever since Kito Fujio quit his job as an office worker to become a freelance photographer, he has been exploring every possible nook and corner around Japan looking for unusual playground equipments. Those little games and rides on rooftops of department stores that keep children entertained while their parents shop are interesting, but what really drew him were the giant cement-molded play equipment that dots playgrounds around the country.


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Kito Fujio visited these playgrounds in the dead of night when no one was around, and with dramatic and cinematic lightning, created these captivating images. A lot of this concrete equipment is molded after animals that children are familiar with. Others take the form of robots, household appliances and or even abstract shapes. Most of these straddle the fine line between artistic sculptures and functional play tools.


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Old 07-11-2017, 11:24 AM   #2
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I saw the one at lower right late one night in Derry, Maine.
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Old 07-11-2017, 01:19 PM   #3
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Stranger things have been seen late at night in The Land of King.
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Old 07-16-2017, 03:17 AM   #4
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Those are fabulous. I wish I'd had those to play on.

Our playground had a huge steam locomotive with it's fuel car hitched to it. You could work all the levers and all the gages were pretty much intact. Lots of ladders. We loved playing on it.

Grew up, went to high school, JC came back to the playground and it had been completely lawyered up.

There were soft, low slides and sloped ladders and the locomotive was wrapped with orange temporary fencing and had keep-out signs all over it.

End-of-an-era.
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Old 07-18-2017, 06:23 AM   #5
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WTF happened to this thread?

The pics have been replaced with the 'Jap Eatery' thread pics.

You shouldn't mess with drunk peoples' heads. They're drunk, you see. And it messes with their heads. Mm'kay?
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Old 07-18-2017, 07:25 AM   #6
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Old 07-18-2017, 08:20 AM   #7
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The pics woke me up, that's for sure! (It's 7:20 AM Mtn time, with daylight savings currently set to 'on', as I type.)
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Old 07-18-2017, 08:32 AM   #8
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DamifIno? Who's in charge of the matrix?
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Old 07-19-2017, 07:53 PM   #9
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WTF happened to this thread?

The pics have been replaced with the 'Jap Eatery' thread pics.

You shouldn't mess with drunk peoples' heads. They're drunk, you see. And it messes with their heads. Mm'kay?
!!!!

Not the drunk part, tho.
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Old 07-19-2017, 10:54 PM   #10
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Strange, there were only 3 pictures in the OP but were replaced by 5.
I'm glad it's not my fault.
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Old 07-21-2017, 03:16 AM   #11
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WOw! My comment was for the original pisstures.
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