Rooftop half-pipe ride causing a stir in Tokyo neighborhood

Posted Tuesday, October 25, 2005 1:32 PM | Contributed by supermandl

Discount store Don Quijote has frayed the nerves of people who live and work in Tokyo's Roppongi district with a plan to build a half-pipe amusement ride on the roof of its outlet.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005 2:42 PM
Thats awesome, another great reason I should move back there. I loved Half Pipe, at SFeG. I love the things the japanese think of. Rides on top of malls, awesome.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2005 6:04 PM
While I love the location of the ride, I'm not the one living/working right next to it. That ride is loud, and being open all through the night, I can understand the complaints.

I could see them ending up having to enclose or partially enclose the ride.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005 9:22 PM
It seems the Japanese really like putting thrill rides and coasters either on, or in close proximity to downtown buildings. I say, keep up the good work! I've seen photos of boomerang coasters in town squares, and hypercoasters wound across skyscrapers, and through parts of buildings (Thunder Dolphin).

It may be annoying at times for neighbors, but you've got to admire their creativity.

Thunder Dolphin pics:

Wide coaster shot

Through the buildings edge *** This post was edited by Floorless Fan 10/25/2005 9:32:07 PM ***

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Tuesday, October 25, 2005 10:27 PM
Here's hoping that Don Quixote store was built with the stricter earthquake coding in place...
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Thursday, October 27, 2005 2:06 AM
Sarkanniemi's Half Pipe is by no means a quiet ride. It's in a quiet (noise wise) section of the park next to a kids' zoo and a rapids ride. The park has had some regrets concerning the noise level.

I wouldn't want one next door.

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