The Inside Story of the Most Expensive Theme Park Ever Built

Won here. I had always wanted to learn about Sanrio Puroland, an indoor theme park in Tokyo opened in 1990. In recent years multiple Hello Kitty theme parks, cafes, and other branded attractions have opened. But Puroland was the first. The attraction has always loomed large in my imagination. It was built during Japan’s boom […]

The Japanese Theme Park Bubble

Japan in the 1980s was a legendary time. The country experienced a stock market and property boom the likes of which has never been duplicated.  The Nikkei stock index hit a peak of over 37,000 in 1989 and a trailing P/E ratio of 60x.  It was an explosive boom, followed by a long bust: 30 […]