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Miyazaki Island

posted on 2003-11-17 10:53 EST
Hayao Miyazaki collaborates on concept of "Teriha" a man-made island in Hakata Bay.

Koutarou Yamazaki, mayor of Fukuoka, announced that a 400 hectare (1.5 square miles / 988 acres) man-made island called Teriha is being constructed in Hakata Bay near the city. Eighteen of the 400 hectares will be a residential area that is being based on a sketch by Hayao Miyazaki. There will be approximately 1500 houses in the residential area.

As would be expected of any project involving Hayao Miyazaki, a large theme of the island will be the environment. The houses will receive their electricity from solar panels and wind mills. A forested area called "Tinziyu's forest" will contain many insects and small animals for children to interact with. In an effort to minimize the number of cars operating on the island, there will be public transportation provided by buses that operate at 15 kilometers / hour (9.5 mph).

Teriha's official website can be found at Teriha.jp and includes a brief, flash animated conceptual tour of the island

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