Freak of Nature

We've all heard how Japanese people are such nature-lovers. I'd have to say that in general it's pretty true, at least with the older generations anyway. You can see them hiking hills and mountains, enjoying flower-viewing, and camping from time to time.
Did you ever notice how much the Japanese control nature? The amount of concrete on hills to prevent rock slides and in the rivers to combat erosion is breath-taking. The large concrete blocks in the sea which look like giant jacks to me is another example. It is true the country is quite volatile with volcanoes, earthquakes, typhoons, and tsunamis, and this must be the answer to all the precautions, but then again I have to wonder.
After all, this is the country where bansai tree cultivation comes from.