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Taisha Station Interiors – Shimane Prefecture

Posted in Opinion, Places by tokyobling on December 27, 2013

This is the interior of the wonderful but now disused Taisha Station in Shimane Prefecture on the northern coast of Japan. The constructions is a combination of western post and beam and Japanese finishing details and exterior roofing, giving it a strangely familiar feel. It does not feel like a typical countryside station but more like a proper waiting hall. It is easy to imagine groups of people and families gathering here to pick up relatives coming to visit over the holidays or to see of young people leaving for university or work in the big city! Take a look at the destinations list and you will see that this station was unusually well connected, there are fares to most places in western Japan and all the way to Tokyo on local train routes. It must have been an interesting journey in the time of steam powered locomotives.

Economists might also find the fare table quite interesting, as it shows us a little bit about how much inflation Japan has had in these 24 years since the table was last updated. Practically zero. This corresponds to one of the stupidest foreign language media hoaxes about Japan, the myth of “the lost decades”. I am old enough to remember back in the day when inflation was something universally detested and governments won elections on their “promises” to fight inflation. These days it is the complete opposite and governments fight to establish some sort of inflation, and they often point to the example of “the Japanese lost decades”. Here is an interesting article debunking the story. Or as my Dutch friend mentioned upon visiting Japan for the first time: “for a country two and a half decades into a recession, there sure seems to be a lot of construction going on”. Indeed.

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  1. C said, on December 28, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Upon first glance, I thought — wow, so nice to see something in Tokyo not made of concrete! Then I really read your post 🙂

    So what purpose does this serve now? A museum? Seems like a nice place to rent out for a party!

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    • tokyobling said, on December 28, 2013 at 5:54 pm

      Haha…. yes, not in Tokyo! Very little concrete though. The building has no other purpose than to stand there and be pretty I think. The town is very small and not getting any bigger and I think they have other buildings to use for anything they want. (^-^)

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  2. Dina Farmer said, on December 28, 2013 at 3:06 am

    Wow what a truly beautiful place!

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  3. amadl said, on December 28, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    I agree with C.. SeriousLy, can’t the LocaLs think of any use for this beautifuL buiLding? It couLd be a pretty convention/exhibition/epic party haLL :p
    I hope they wouLdn’t tear it down..

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    • tokyobling said, on December 28, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      I think they can, but they have lots of buildings and not many people. Most towns and cities in Japan are not growing in population any more, and all official buildings have to prove their worth or be torn down. The townspeople fought to have this building preserved and thankfully they won, 24 years ago. I think it will be still be around in many hundreds of years from now!

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