This picture was taken somewhere in between Niihama and Saijō in the Ehime Prefecture. Upon learning that this picture would end up in my blog, my mother-in-law got worried that foreigners would think that this was a typical scenery on Shikoku and asked me to tell you that “no, it’s not”. So, please take note. 🙂
I have to agree with you, David, that Japan is indeed a land of cables… cables dangling all over the streets and everywhere… there are really ugly and many a time, I feel quite exasperated when these cables ‘spoil’ some beautiful scenes that I was photographing… perhaps I should learn how to paint instead…. 🙂
Strangely while there are way more cables here than in France, I don’t usually pay too much attention to them (in my memory the US had if not as many, quite a lot too where I used to live).
However, I’m fully with you when they spoil a scene.
I had the exact same thought a couple of weeks ago on Teshima. There’s was this great view of rice paddies, the Seto Inland Sea and cables right in the middle. 🙁
Cables and pylons are unsightly, it’s true, but … we all want electricity.
Yes, but Japan is famous for going a little bit overboard with those at times.
I’m not really sure why but there are way more cables in the streets of Japan than those of Europe (and even of the US).
The reason for the fewer visible cables in Europe is that they bury them in culverts in the ground.
Ropeway Dori in Matsuyama used to be famous as the street in Matsuyama with the most overhead cables–the sky was black with them.
Then when the street was redeveloped a few years ago, they buried all the cables, and consequently it’s now one of the most attractive streets in the city. (It’s kind of … European looking!)
I never was under the impression that we bury cables that much in Europe, but I guess we do it more than I thought.