Tokyo trickery

The relatively short life-span of Japanese houses – twenty-five years is a figure often banded about – means that having a domicile of some description or other being built nearby is far from uncommon, especially in Tokyo. A situation that unfortunately means getting woken up at 8 a.m. every morning by a bevy of banging, baggy-panted builders.

Yet whilst the noise is unfortunately unavoidable, the new structure itself is. Well, sort of, as the clever concealing technology adopted by some construction companies makes it almost impossible to tell where the new home is being built. In fact, it took me the best part of two weeks to finally work out the whereabouts of the gradually growing erection pictured below. And then I only stumbled upon it by mistake – its camouflage capabilities almost military-like. A technology that could surely have a whole host of uses, with its cloaking qualities even more evident when placed next to the real thing.

So, whilst you may have to look long and hard, can you tell which is the cover and which are real clouds?


japanese construction


Japanese construction

Take your time now, I know it’s tricky.

The answer, for those struggling a bit, can be found by clicking here.


  1. says

    25 years? What a waste. Are there a lot of builders at a loose end in Tokyo or something? They should build something a bit more solid and get some use out of it. My house is nearly 100 years old. It is a piece of shit, mind, but it’s my piece of shit. Well, the bank’s really. No matter, a well maintained piece of shit can last for years. Centuries, even.

  2. says

    Ummm….. Just give me a few more seconds… Damn, Lee, I have no idea. I’ll hasten a guess… Umm… Is it the…. Pah…. I give up…

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