Is it possible for people to agree on what beauty is? As far as landscapes are concerned, the answer appears to be no.

In a series of legal battles over new construction plans, judges have repeatedly rejected arguments for preservation of scenery, saying they are "abstract and subjective."

Right now, residents of the Yamate district in Yokohama are fighting to break this trend. They are opposing the construction of two five-story condominiums to be built in the heart of their community. They fear the complexes will destroy their district's long-held harmony.