Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Wave for the Masses.

Reminding me of my days at WaterWorld at the California State Fair (and the afternoons when our local pool just wasn't going to cut it), photojournalist Michael Yamashita shared how the Japanese are keeping cool amidst a scorching heat wave. Tokyo Summerland is a popular water park that's home to the world's most crowded wave pool. It's literally a sea of people (I'm experiencing claustrophobia just looking at it, while equally amused).

"There's no question that given the heat, humidity and population of Tokyo in the summer, the throngs at any swimming pool there are going to, by definition, test the limits of crowd control and sanitation. Japan, however, is prepared for this and manages to keep everyone happy and cool no matter how jam-packed the pool - by moving the water rather than the swimmers. While not exactly conducive to laps, giant wave pools surge with swells a meter or higher, drenching stationary bathers so they don’t need to swim to cool off. Other pools feature circular courses with a current that keeps everyone moving together in the same, very orderly, direction... The water in these pools is clean enough to drink!" 

(Hmmm.... don't think I'd take that bet.)

Via My Modern Met.

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