The Blue House

Jun 19,2013

It appears that the rainy season has finally started for real, torrential downpour having started last night and still happening as I type this, on a keyboard I'm not used to because the computers in the office have finally been replaced--the ones we were using were so old they often took two or three minutes to display a web page, which doesn't make for efficient blogging--and I have to keep backspacing because my fingers seem to constantly hit something that switches the keystrokes from English to Japanese, and I haven't yet figured out what that something is. Add to this the fatigue of that presses down on me so that every simple motion is a chore, and blogging becomes a rather distasteful enterprise. Nonetheless, I was gently reminded last week that I have sorely neglected this aspect of my job for far too long, and so, not having much left to say to the hypothetical two or three individuals left in the universe who might occasionally glance at this blog, I scoured my brain and couldn't come up with anything until it occured to me to mention this building I'm calling the blue house because I don't know what it's official name is and nobody else seems to, either. I pass it every day between jobs; I took a few snapshots of it on my decades-old digital camera yesterday before the deluge began, and, not finding the normal mountain of translation projects that await me in my inbox, I'm seizing the opportunity to upload them. The new machine with its Windows 7 condescended to accept the input and open the files, but the office copy of PhotoshopElements isn't compatible with Windows 7, and so I make do with the rudimentary editing software that came with the machine. Trust me, it's a lot prettier in real life.

It just sits there in a dirt lot near the street and away from everything else in the lot. The story I'm told--the veracity of which is not attested by either of the two people who told it--is that the building has some sort of historical value but that the multinational electronics company that owns the land is going to tear it down for some reason. Corporations aren't known for their interest in historical preservation and, despite a substantial local outcry and pleas not to do so, the thing is going to be destroyed soon, and so the pictures would serve as a reminder of what might of been at a time when it no longer is.

One person thinks it might be part of the WWII army barracks that formed a whole complex in those blocks. The biggest complex, I hear, was the original site of Tottori University, and when that moved, the multinational moved in and tore some buildings down, kept others, and remodeled still others. Now the only really cool building left is this funky blue-green one, and I'd like to find out what it had been used for up till now.

It looks so unassuming across the vacant lot there. Do they really need to tear it down? Maybe they could just leave that one tiny corner of the land unaffected and just build their other things around it.

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