Monday, August 22, 2011
Japan is broken (Tokyo Tower on March 12, 2011)
Tokyo Tower is a symbol of Japan. I never felt it more than I did that day, with the top bent. Something so tall, so strong, damaged.
Walking from Zojo-ji to Tokyo Tower takes one by the area of Shiba Park (Shiba-koen) which is know for replicating a beautiful little valley with trees that turn color in autumn. Would you like to see how it looked on that day?
I missed it on my trip in December so I wanted to make sure to see it.
Momijidani is suppose to have a 10 meter high waterfall and make you feel like you are in the mountains. Sadly I guess they have been working on it.
I think this was all done before the earthquake but I am sure it didn't help. Sad to see this like this.
I walk over to Tokyo Tower. There I see the memorial for the Sakhalin dogs who were left in Antarctica after the first Japanese expedition there. They were left after a second expedition had to evacuate the first men out of there. On the return a year later, two of the dogs were still alive.
Of course I didn't think Tokyo Tower would be open. But seeing a sign like this was sad.
The rest of the tower appeared to be okay.
On my way over to the tower an older couple asked me if I was Russian. I said that I was Amerikajin. We looked at the tower together. Even with everything going on they were friendly. That is one thing that held true on my visit, strangers being kind, friendly to a person they did not know. I felt touched by it. It's as if the earthquake and everything knocked down walls.
But up at the top of the tower, it wasn't okay. So another planned event for my trip, going up Tokyo Tower, was not going to be either.
I'm going to try out the Skywatch posting site. So this has been submitted for Sept. 2. You can see lots of great photos here.