It is the project [Tokyo ground] which Shunichi Nomura of the Meiji University doctoral course is leading. (I advised on the interface design.)
Tokyo is located in the largest gently-sloping Kanto plain in Japan, and, generally is called superficial metropolis. however, if you are actually living in Tokyo, don’t think at all that this is a gently-sloping place, but foresee the complicated whole rather – doesn’t it sense that it is the environment which is not? Why has gap arisen by reality and feelings in this way?
Let’s observe Tokyo not through a plane but through a section. There, it is various underground space besides a terrestrial structure. And the earth surface in Tokyo exists so that underground may be separated from the ground. This earth surface is defined socially and in culture, and will be caught also from the position of the ground or underground. However, is hardly a citizen conscious about this defined earth surface, and defined ground and underground? Because, it moves, and if it notices, its present locations are the ground and underground between when. And differing from defined them often even has above all the grasp of the ground and underground carried out based on sense. After looking at Tokyo from the section, we came to be conscious about the gap of reality and feelings all the more.
The "Tokyo ground" carries out the visualization of the earth surface caught in the image different from defined earth surface. That is, "imaginal / cognitive geography". In manufacturing this cognitive map, We investigated first the "Ground-underground" which is underground which can be grasped as the ground, and the "Underground-ground" which is the ground which can be grasped as underground. Next, another earth surface in Tokyo was knit by connecting the new ground level re-extracted from each.
The fieldwork in Tokyo suffers troubles. When it says repeatedly, It is because it is hard to grasp a whole image. However, nevertheless, it is also clear to be respectively caught as feelings from two or more viewpoints. The viewpoint of a total 55 was mapped in the "Tokyo ground." Please remember that literary-man Italo Calvino of Italy described many 55 views of city with rich imaginative power once by his work "le citta invisibili". That is, we became the traveler who observes the mysterious realm of Tokyo in detail.
We have noticed soon that Tokyo is not flat at all through the "Tokyo ground." That is, Tokyo located in the largest gently-sloping Kanto plain in Japan was a ground level in Japan with the ups and downs most intense as a matter of fact.