“Our Park” A Documentary on Tokyo’s Nike Miyashita Park Apr 15, 2010

This is a little bit off subject but I found it to be a really informative watch. The first time I went to Tokyo, Yohei from W-Base was telling me about Nike’s plan to convert an “abondoned” elevated park into a skatepark. My first impression was “damn!” that would seriously rule. Miyashita Park runs through W-Base‘s backyard in Shibuya and snakes its way through the densly-populated neighborhood. A skatepark there would be unbelievably awesome for the local shops and the local skaters.

What I wasn’t aware of was the camp of homeless people that have began to call Miyashita Park home. Due to the economic downturn in Japan, many people have lose their homes and their possessions. A large group of them have moved into the once abandoned park and are now fighting against Nike’s acquisition of the space and plans to turn it into a skatepark. This video documents their struggle.

Via Hypebeast

  • http://readingisstupid.blogspot.com rp

    nike. butthead jocks.

  • al

    i live in japan and i think this is all BS. its the gov’s problem not nike. the park should not be a place for homeless ppl in the first place. i see a need for the gov to deal with homelessness.

    i personally feel that if you choose to be homeless you give up your rights to an opinion in society. they live in a park which was a public space which is maintained by TAX PAYER dollars. they(homeless ppl) have no say in it. i work hard for my rent money and i dont even have much of a say in life. WHY SHOULD WE CARE ABOUT SOME BUMS IN A PARK?! FUCK’EM !GO GET A DAMN JOB!

  • Harry

    When I was in Tokyo looking for W-base, I walked through this park, and there were homeless people there playing chess together near their houses. They were polite and friendly. They kept their area clean. They arent the same “homeless” glue-sniffer alcoholics of the west.

    Skateparks are lame. We have bikes to make use of the whole city, we are spoiled for choice. How many times have you seen a park open, go through the “oooh, ahhh” honeymoon period then less than 6 months later all the skaters are riding a bench in some random parking lot instead?

  • DM

    “i personally feel that if you choose to be homeless”…

    ?What? Who the f*** CHOOSES to become homeless?
    Are you for real?

    …but let me guess – you’re a sucker for anything with the Nike “Swooshtika” on it?

    Cities are for people – all kinds of people; public space, especially parkland, should not be given over to the commercial benefit of a marketing brand.

    If anyone has been softened-up by the recent interest of Nike, Puma, Adidas, Fiat etc. in the fixed scene, skating, or anything else you love: Then don’t be fooled. It’s ONLY about buying into and then selling out your scene; watch them reel in their wallets and move onto the next “cool” thing as soon as they decide what “IT” is.

    It takes a greedy coward to go after a soft target like a group of homeless people.

    This documentary shows the REAL face and real power of Nike.