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Old October 22nd, 2007, 08:34 PM   #41
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Japan really is f%@ing amazing!!....always ahead of the rest.
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 10:23 PM   #42
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A look of japanese expressways in 1972, from "Solaris", Tarkovsky's film...

Look from 2:20 to 8:35

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KN23sNW1MRA

And from "Lost in Translation", a few years ago... (2:58 'til the end)

http://mx.youtube.com/watch?v=jZRECWcW89g
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Old October 22nd, 2007, 10:37 PM   #43
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very coool !
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Old October 25th, 2007, 03:29 AM   #44
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Man, that elevated road going through a building seems like almost in the space age, they probably would invent the floating automobiles in the future.
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Old October 25th, 2007, 07:42 AM   #45
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The lighting under the bridges is so cool

I wish american urban freeways built during the 60's were like this. Instead of demolishing entire neighborhoods, something like that wouldve been less invasive
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Old October 25th, 2007, 08:38 AM   #46
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Japanese expressways have only a third of capacity as a usual American urban freeway. Hence the huge traffic jams. Japanese cities are completely different as their American counterparts.

Japanese cities can rely on public transportation, while US suburbia is usually to big to build an affordable and efficient public transportation.
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Old November 9th, 2007, 06:43 AM   #47
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melody road

It is installed in the whole country from 2004.
Music plays by friction.
I help speed control and here song and prevention of sleepiness.
http://www.shibetsu.net/melodyroad/m...ple-melody.wav

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Old November 9th, 2007, 01:45 PM   #48
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Someone should make stretch of road with Blue Danube playing.
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Old November 9th, 2007, 01:48 PM   #49
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Very funny! Are those holes om the pavement or standing-out metal stripes?
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Old November 9th, 2007, 03:14 PM   #50
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Haha! What about noise pollution, especially at night?
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Old November 9th, 2007, 04:33 PM   #51
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Hm...good idea! Build the "silent night" into the road in cities!
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Old November 9th, 2007, 05:31 PM   #52
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They also could use things like these to prevent sleepyness.

More OT: those stripes are quite annoying. There used to be a lot of these things in Holland, especially near city-limits, but nowadays they are almost everywhere replaced by speed bumps...
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Old December 22nd, 2007, 01:50 AM   #53
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Sources on Japanese Expressways

Does anyone know a good site that has pictures and details on the highway system in Japan?

language does not matter, as long as there are plenty of good pictures.

I spend a lot of time on Google Earth looking at Japan, particularly the Tokyo area. The freeways are intricate and amazing, and I wish I could see some better pictures of maps of them. The language barrier has made it a pain to look up anything on them. I can't speak japanese or google search using japanese characters so all my searches are in english and they seem to turn up very little.
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Old December 22nd, 2007, 02:10 AM   #54
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Yeah, I know your pain. Japanese expressways are so fantastic, but pictures and videos are very rare for some reason...
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Old December 22nd, 2007, 08:21 AM   #55
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In Japanese, the name of the Shuto expressway network is written as:

首都高速道路

Try copying and pasting that into Youtube, search engines, etc.
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Old December 22nd, 2007, 11:55 AM   #56
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You might wanna search the expressway on English wikipedia, and then look for the Japanese wikipedia version, and enter that in Google.
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Old December 23rd, 2007, 07:25 AM   #57
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This guy has quite a lot of nice videos of the Japanese road system, but I'm afraid most of them are not motorways, but just regular 2-lane roads. But still, the videos are quite cool.
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Old April 12th, 2008, 03:13 PM   #58
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i visit 2003 Tokyo and i love this crazy City, but to drive in Tokyo is the hell, so much traffic and so expensive to parking a car. In the Ginza area about 20 Euros for one Hour.
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Old May 3rd, 2008, 03:31 AM   #59
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Morning drive in Tokyo

Morning drive in Tokyo 01
high-resolution http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmCfeio83s8&fmt=6

Morning drive in Tokyo 02 Haneda airport
high-resolution http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3fHr2Acs2k&fmt=6

Morning drive in Tokyo 03 east
high-resolution http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpT3UwsSl2Y&fmt=6

Morning drive in Tokyo 04 Imperial Palace outskirts
high-resolution http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xELlbXHshhA&fmt=6

Morning drive in Tokyo 05 Tokyo Station outskirts
high-resolution http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9ZpnFeEDT0&fmt=6

Tokyo Metropolitan Expressway in the early morning 01
high-resolution http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K0RG...=related&fmt=6

Tokyo Metropolitan Expressway in the early morning 02
high-resolution http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoNU1...=related&fmt=6


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Old May 3rd, 2008, 12:57 PM   #60
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Amazing videos. Thanks for posting them.
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