Scary Things

Sara Portesan

Before you read any more of this blog, a quick survey please!

Look at the next two photos and comment below (or think in your head or tell the person next to you) what you think they are of.

I will get back to these in a minute; jump to the end if you simply cannot wait.


First, a little about my Halloween in Japan.

So instead of orange pumpkins this year, I opted for orange gates and Fushimi Inarijinja for Halloween. What is Inarijinja, you say? You could google search it and find a thousand images that look exactly like the one I took:

In the spirit of Halloween, I went on an adventure, venturing places I am not sure I was allowed to go. One such path led me to this mysterious spot.


Any ideas? A place where nuclear waste is buried? A stage?  I have no clue. But the forest reminded me of western Washington so much!


Also, though I did not see any black cats, I saw this white and black one, plenty of (big) spiders, and a candle in a dark place.








Halloween, though not scary, was quite fun.


Speaking of fun. And scary.

Those first pictures look like a fun house right? Though it is just a quick bus ride away from Universal Studios Japan, it is definitely not an amusement park.

It is Maishima’s incineration plant. A bizarre palace indeed! That pretty, shiny gold ball on the tower? A stack. Inside is also fun and bright, and aimed at elementary school students who come to tour and learn about the plant.

Some fun facts: The plant was finished in 2001 and generates enough energy to run the plant with the extra going to the local power company. It treats four substances before releasing them into the air: NOx, Sox, HCl, and dioxins. Hmmm. Is that all that gets created when burning garbage?  One thing I do  appreciate is the  plant’s transparency about its operations. (Unlike some other energy producers in Japan. Cough cough.) Here is a model of the exterior of the plant:

Really though. Only Japan could make burning garbage look this cute. (Though the artist was  Viennese…)