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Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 August 2005, 11:24 GMT 12:24 UK
Tokyo builds its own summer beach
Workers flatten 1,000 tonnes of white sand to make a beach in front of the national gymnasium in Tokyo, 10 August 2005
The beach is being set up in front of the national gymnasium
Tokyo residents fleeing the summer heat will not have to go far to find a beach, starting next week.

Instead the beach is coming to them, in the form of 1,000 tons of white sand brought in from China.

For nine days, the artificial beach in the city's Shibuya district will give sunbathers the chance to lounge on deckchairs with their feet in the sand.

Children can build sandcastles on the site, and there will even be an area for beach volleyball.

The 500m yen ($4.5m) project will also feature concerts, films and a fashion show.

The creators were inspired by the success of a similar scheme in Paris - so much so that they have called the beach Tokyo Plage, in honour of its French counterpart.

The beach project, which starts on Saturday, is being set up by a Japanese satellite network, SKY PerfecTV!.

Organisers are hoping to attract about 200,000 people.




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