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Ahh, Japan. Seeing something like the G-CANS underground flood control system just proves that once again, the country is going out of its way to inject the very future itself into our current present, as per usual. Good job, Japan!
If you get lost, you’ll be found eventually. Just keep yelling
The G-Cans Project is a massive project, begun 12 years ago, to build infrastructure for preventing overflow of the major rivers and waterways spidering the city (A serious problem for Tokyo during rainy-season and typhoon season). The underground waterway is the largest in the world and sports five 32m diameter, 65m deep concrete containment silos which are connected by 64 kilometers of tunnel sitting 50 meters beneath the surface.
from an article on boingboing.net
There’s a video on how it works as well. I remember first seeing this used as a set in ‘Ultraman: The Next’, and going oooh and aaah over it. After seeing it used in the live-action Tetsujin No.28 film I began to wonder if it was indeed a real place. And it is! Not only that, but G-CANS is apparently also free to visitors! Very savvy.
I’d love to see that system in action. From a vantage point above the water level, naturally
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