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drive-thru office

Anyone who works in an office knows only too well about the annoyances that come with being in such an environment - eyestrain, backache, petty rules, pointless meetings, smelly food, photocopier fumes, colleagues....

All of the above, however, pale into insignificance as far as the workers of an office in the heart of Osaka are concerned.

These poor souls also have to contend with the risk of being knocked down by speeding traffic - just for taking a walk to the lavatory.

It can't be easy.


Drivers need to negotiate desks, chairs and water coolers when passing through. And salarymen, too.





The floor guide says it all....


Floors five, six and seven - the Hanshin Expressway. Really.






It must be rather a nuisance trying to do your work with all manner of vehicles hurtling through...


But the question is - which came first, the office or the expressway?
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On Sunday, 16 November, 2008, Blogger Jon said:

Okay - my new favorite post. :D  



On Sunday, 16 November, 2008, Blogger Angelo said:

That's true... Which came first!?  



On Sunday, 16 November, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

lol!!

I would also like to know which came first!  



On Monday, 17 November, 2008, Blogger the englishman said:

I only wish I knew...  



On Monday, 17 November, 2008, Blogger lina said:

My jaw drop for a whole minute looking at the building! Who approved of such construction?  



On Monday, 17 November, 2008, Blogger t i m said:

avoid floors 5-7, problem solved. :)  



On Tuesday, 18 November, 2008, Anonymous Uchimizu said:

I was also very surprised by this building, just nearby the river south of Umeda if I remember well.

Apart from high cost of construction, I am not sure there is any problem with such a building.  



On Tuesday, 18 November, 2008, Blogger Tornadoes28 said:

I think it looks awesome. Why let valuable real estate above an expressway or train go to waste in a dense city? Build above it. They should do the same thing in Los Angeles with all the valuable freeway space.  



On Tuesday, 18 November, 2008, Anonymous Scotty.VOR said:

Somethings wrong with the last photo. I can't quite put my finger on it...but something doesn't look right. Something is out of place.

Ah, I know, none of them are Japanese!  



On Tuesday, 18 November, 2008, Anonymous john turningpin said:

Ha! That gave me a good giggle.

Osaka: This is how *we* roll.  



On Wednesday, 19 November, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Scotty that's just where they put all the gaijin workers.  



On Saturday, 22 November, 2008, Anonymous Paul M said:

What an elegant solution! The builders deserve our compliments, whatever came first.
The problem is only between the ears, just as the phantom truck in the last picture  



On Saturday, 22 November, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Anothere example of the Japanese trying too hard at being innovative. The whole thing is simply unnecessary.  



On Saturday, 22 November, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

some of the pictures are a little obscene...  



On Friday, 28 November, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hanshin Tôsokudôro... The Oosaka Kobe highway... it's really true, that's what the sign says for the 5th through 7th floor!
Crazy "nihonjin"!  



On Thursday, 11 December, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Si quieres las últimas novedades del cine, juegos, sistemas operativos y mucho más entra en http://bajalotodo.tk  



On Thursday, 11 December, 2008, Blogger solace said:

while not quite as impressive/amusing as that Osaka one, we have a building with a city street that drives directly through it here in Minneapolis:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hennepin_County_Government_Center

the Hennepin County Government Center. i can't really find any photos online that show cars driving through it though, but you definitely do.  



On Monday, 15 December, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said:

Soooo interesting, DUH! the last picture is called...P*H*OT*O* S*H*O*P  



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