A Dark, Moonless “What am I?” Quiz
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What Kind of Place am I?
The foreground is a marina, but what's just beyond that?

It's been a while since I posted one of my “What am I?” quizzes, so here's a new one. But let me be up front about one thing: the picture above is a daytime picture that I've tried to make look like it was taken at night. It's really dark because it was an area with few lights, and there was no moon.

On our trip last week to Bunny Island, we stayed at a hotel on a mountain overlooking a small marina. This hotel, the Bella Vista Sakaigahama (ベラビスタ境ガ浜) had, by far, the best baths I'd ever been to.

Among them was a large open-air hot bath with a great view of the sea, and in that view near the shore was a small marina and a large complex that I couldn't quite figure out what it was. The photo above (from my room during the day) approximates my first view of the complex (from the bath at night). There was no moon so it was quite dark — even darker than the photo above conveys — but I could tell that there are boats, and beyond that some big structure with pipes and tanks and such.

I couldn't figure out exactly what it was, but assumed it was related to the marina and the boats' need for gasoline, but with all those pipes it looks to be related to the manufacture of gasoline more than its distribution, and that makes no sense at a marina, so I was left scratching my head.

Given this slightly-more-detailed view than I had then, can you figure it out?

All 7 comments so far, oldest first...

Hi Jeffrey,

This was known as the Floating Island Aqua Life Park. It was opened as an Aquarium in 1989 but closed down in 1999. More details @ マリンパーク境ガ浜

— comment by Richard on November 5th, 2011 at 6:05pm JST (12 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

The size of the storage tank and complexity of piping suggest that this might be a terminal for receiving multiple oil products destined for more than just the marina and its boats.

The pier probably goes out as far as it does in order to reach deep water needed by the oil tankers. The marina may have come afterwards.

Could you see pipes on the ground leading elsewhere (for example, south to the shipyard)? Perhaps the petroleum is used to fuel ships that are finished and are now leaving the shipyard.

— comment by Tom on November 7th, 2011 at 12:40am JST (12 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Desalination plant?

— comment by Andy on November 7th, 2011 at 11:40am JST (12 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

Looks like some sort of floating tidal energy electric dynamo operation, to me???


— comment by Don Ricklin on November 8th, 2011 at 3:44am JST (12 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

That’s easy: columns of a Greek temple 🙂

— comment by Gianluca on November 8th, 2011 at 7:54am JST (12 years, 9 months ago) comment permalink

The answer is in the first comment by Richard; followup post with more details is here.

— comment by Jeffrey Friedl on November 12th, 2011 at 12:01pm JST (12 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

For Gianluca – the aquarium was in fact designed to represent a Greek Temple. 🙂 Floating Island is approximately 5200m ² artificial island, it was made in the image of a Greek temple floating in the sea.

For Jeffrey – you asked how I knew so quick. I spend my time on the net researching and exploring odd structures which are worth visiting for photo shoots if I get the chance. Below is a list of some of my finds……..

Nakagin Capsule Tower

Fuji television building

Strawberry House (Tokyo, Japan)

Solar Ark building is a solar power generation facility that offers activities to cultivate a better appreciation of solar power generation.

Piano House China

Tree Shaped Tower Tokyo

Roppongi Housing Estate

— comment by Richard on November 12th, 2011 at 2:04pm JST (12 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink
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