Tome-shi, Miyagi, Japan

The Japanese landscape reveals the essential character of the people who created it over the centuries. It is supremely well organized, with each feature laid out to maximize efficiency of use. In the above image, one may observe dense settlement grouped in distinct units interspersed throughout the almost incredibly regular and well formed agricultural space. The overall effect created by this landuse pattern puts one in mind of a circuit board, with its variety of components organized and laid out with deliberate efficiency.

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