Natalie Goes to Japan

40 year old very married blonde woman having a midlife crisis who heads to Japan alone to follow her dreams. Be careful what you wish for ... you just may get it.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

The Trees of No Shade

One of the things that drives me crazy in Japan are the overpruned trees. The ideal shape for a tree in Japan is the shape of a corn dog. Tall, with just a little green fuzz left around the top. And they prune the trees just in time for the summer season. So at the peak of heat, there is absolutely no shade. It is just completely illogical. The fact that they only cut the grass, once or twice a year...well, that's just a cultural thing, and I notice it, but it doesn't make me crazy. But walking down a tree lined street and having absolutley no shade makes me miss Georgia, where the trees are allowed to grow pretty much however they want as long as they don't get near the electrical lines or brush your house. What a concept?


At 3:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the look of those eletrical lines in the photos it seems that the Japanese prune their trees they don't get near the electrical lines, too.

At 11:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah I thought that was blatantly obvious too...

At 12:24 PM, Blogger Natalie said...

That might explain the why they trim trees on one side, but not the whole tree. And this happens even when the trees are nowhere near power lines. So thats not the reason. They do it, cuz that's the way the do it. Things in Japan don't have to make sense. Logic is not required here.


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