Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Found it

Things look different from a satellite...

Google won't frame this picture just right, so please follow these instructions: Click on this link, and when the photo loads, look for the English lettering along the bottom. Place your cursor just 'north' of the L in TECHNOLOGY and double click. It should zoom in on a parking lot with green trucks and white cars in it.

The rectangular place on a slight angle just above the parking lot, with a flat grey roof with shadows near the top and bottom edge, is actually a "gai-jin man-shon" (gaijin mansion, or foreigner's apartment building). It housed 6 families in shoe boxes on two levels, each about 8 feet wide and 20 feet long. Entry was along the alleyway up from the narrow street just above the parking lot where the green and white vehicles are parked. $1800 US per month for rent, most utilities included. Yeesh. But what a great experience.

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