Nike buys Miyashita Park (宮下公園)

Having been away from Japan for about a year, there are new things and changes that I see. One of them is a little disturbing.

As I was touring my grandmother through Tokyo, we stopped at Miyashita Kouen.

I saw several signs protesting against NIKE. Turns out, NIKE had bought the park from the local government and had renamed it into Miyashita Nike park. This has caused some outrage from the locals. They argue that public places are not for sale and were disappointed that the deal was done behind closed doors.

I came back and googled around. Here is a documentary about the park. Not exactly a documentary but a report from the local protesters.

The fact remains that the place is a slum and fills with the sketch of Shibuya. It will be interesting to see the transformation. Maybe it will become a place like the top of Takashimaya, which was featured on Fast and Furious.