Friday, June 10, 2011
Infini garden is a 16 storey block of flats, or if you prefer american, apartment block, with 389 units.
In Japanese its called a Manshon, derived from the english word mansion, though it bears little resemblance to the english meaning.
Built in 2008, its located on Island City, a man-made island in Hakata Bay, Fukuoka.
Apartments are very popular in Japan, though I can think of nowhere worse to live.
I have asked friends who live in apartments in local towns where there are an abundance of big, empty, houses, why they dont choose a house, and most say that it is the wife who prefers the apartment as there is less housework and maintenance to do.
Island City is part of a big urban renewal project for Fukuoka. As well as residential areas and a huge park there is a new container port and businesses with links to mainland Asia are encouraged to move here.