Why do some Japanese use universities like parks?

I’m not at all sure about this, but I’ve been working in universities quite a lot in the last two years and it seems to me that a small but substantial minority of the people coming through the gates are people with no connection to the university just having a stroll, including people doing so with small kids. Don’t remember that from my own university times, though that was very long ago and I was probably too busy being drunk and/ or pretentious to notice stuff like that anyway…


1 Comment

  1. Michael said,

    December 24, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Because there are so few parks in Japan and the few parks there are are usually concrete monstrosities or covered in mud/dirt rather than grass. So a Univeristy is one of the few places where they may be some green and some sense of proportion to the buildings.

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