Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Then and Now
photo shows a Meiji era estate in Niigata City, its extensive grounds an oasis of green in the drab city center, its spreading trees the favored roost every evening of hundreds of birds. The stone marker informs us that the Meiji Emperor rested at the residence in 1878 during a tour of northern Japan. Deserving of preservation, surely. Alas, no. I passed by the other day, and the above is what I saw. Everything reduced to rubble, bagged, and ready to be carted away. Mottainai.