Friday, 13 June 2014

View Halloo

Before the pictures, a few statistics (taken from Wikipedia)...
tokyo london stats
To summarise, the centre of Tokyo is 38% larger than London with its outskirts stretching 62% further than London's. The population of Tokyo is also nearly 140% higher than London's. So...you can start to see that they need a lot more buildings. With that in mind, behold the staggering urban density of Tokyo...
North Tower View of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
This was the view from the free viewing platform on the 42nd floor of the North Tower of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building on a rainy day when the edge of those suburbs was lost in cloud. As in London (and in New York and other cities) there are little oases of calm in the shape of parks and gardens.
South Tower View of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
This one is Yoyogi Park - one of the largest in Tokyo at 54 hectares.
South Tower View of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
North Tower View of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building
And of course there is a South Tower you can go up as well. In fact you can see each viewing platform from the other.
South Tower View of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

The building itself is very impressive, although not the tallest in the area.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Building
The inside is equally...impressive.
Inside the Tokyo Metropolitan Building
Plus lots of signs of the national pride at winning the Olympic bid.
Inside the Tokyo Metropolitan Building
In the Tourist Centre inside I chanced upon this guy.
Musubimaru Character
His name is Musubimaru and he seemed to be the mascot for either a specific rice brand or for a prefecture (region) of Japan. The person inside him was having a whale of a time.
Musubimaru Character
"He" was really flirty with the japanese ladies around me and kept striking all these coy poses for our photos. It was really rather funny.

Outside there was a courtyard with a semi circle of statues placed periodically. One particularly caught my eye.
Adam and Eve Sculpture at the Tokyo Metropolitan Building
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden? Japan is not a Christian country so I wasn't sure if there was a similar myth in Buddhist or Shinto historical texts, but the sculpture was beautifully executed.
Adam and Eve Sculpture at the Tokyo Metropolitan Building
Adam in particular was a handsome chap, but I particularly liked his apparently knitted jumper!

Speaking of knitting, and by implication all crafty activities, I am sewing and knitting away in between outings. I have made a mini quilt for The Little Quilt group on Flickr. I can't share pictures until after voting finishes. It is a fun idea - you submit a photo to the moderator who posts it. Then once the deadline passes you all vote on the quilts and put them in order of liking. The person with the most 'likes' gets their first choice quilt posted to them and so on down the list with each participant ending up receiving one of the quilts. The deadline isn't until June 30th so there is time to join in if you would like to. I still need to add binding to mine.

Meanwhile I am plugging away on the EPP quilt and have finished sewing all the stars and started sewing the hexagon section together. I'll take some proper pictures of it all soon.


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