Tokyo's Eco-Apocalypse

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It's the famous Tokyo 109 building (named after io9 of course), now falling into the same eco-ruins that overtook Manhattan in plague wipeout movie I Am Legend. In fact, Tokyo Fantasy has posted a whole series of images that all feature Tokyo in a post-apocalyptic state which manages to look rather lovely due to all the lush greenery. Reminds me of the abandoned amusement park in Miyazaki Hayao's anime Spirited Away. More green doom below.

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Illustration for article titled Tokyo's Eco-Apocalypse

Here you can see an industrial area slowly breaking down into nothing. And I love the two images below, which show the greening of a shopping area as it slowly goes back to nature.

Illustration for article titled Tokyo's Eco-Apocalypse
Illustration for article titled Tokyo's Eco-Apocalypse

Images of the Apocalypse [via Pink Tentacle]

DISCUSSION

annaleenewitz
Annalee Newitz

@4ndreVV: Hmm, I've rarely seen a dialectical analysis that encourages us to linger in the middle of a contradiction. Usually the "two sides of the coin" metaphor feels pretty deconstructy to me, i.e. this dualism is actually not one, etc. I think a proper dialectical approach to this issue would be to look at the apocalypse as a phase we must pass through in order to figure out to balance human needs with the natural environment. But hey, I'm a dialectical materialist, man. That's the way we roll.