Saturday, February 04, 2006

My 50th post: A view of Tokyo from the 50th floor


On the 31st of December 2005, I set out on the final leg of my journey. A visit to one of the most densly populated cities of the world- TOKYO. Tokyo has a population of 30 million. Just the thought of a visit to one of the premier cities in the world which has been voted as the most expensive place to live in the world consistently over the last decade filled me with excitement and anxiety. I got off the flight and went through the immigration clearence and customs and was out of the airport in less than 30 minutes. Everything seemed to be so streamlined. My uncle was waiting for me outside and immediately took me to the parking lot. There waiting for us was a magnificient Mazda Rx-8. The two door four seater sports car was fully loaded with a navigation system and with bose stereo system with a total of 8 speakers masterfully placed to please the auditory senses to the maximum. Viruvirumaandi... virumaandi was blasting on the speakers when we entered Tokyo.
In front of me lay a sprawling metropolis with ultramodern subway systems bullet trains, public transportation was at its best. Everything and everyone seemed to be in the "zone". Fast... must have been a word to describe Tokyo. After a quick stop at a local rest stop for some breakfast (some sumptuous hamburger and coffee) we reached harumi where my uncle resides.
I was soon on top of a 50 storey building in my uncle’s apartment on the 50th floor sucking in the wonderful sight of magnificient Tokyo. I could see the beautiful red Tokyo tower (Tokyo's equivalent of the Eiffel tower) and mount Fuji and the beautiful river that runs in Tokyo. It was a breathtaking sight, I could just stand there for hours marvelling at the city and dreaming of the days ahead when I would be roaming the streets capturing everything in my wildly imaginative brain and preserving it there forever.

3 comments:

Ganesh said...

Hi Robbie,
Looks like you were devoured by the beauty of Japan and its tecnical superiority.Good to know that you had a wonderful break from work.Anyway,we look forward to a lot of scientific input(science related issues at the rudimentary level without getting into technical details as to how it affects our daily life and our environment in this present age) from you as a scientist in your blog.Do not get deterred by a few comments as even your detractors will find your blog very helpful and useful though they may not comment.-Mrs and Mr.Ganesh

Swahilya said...

Good post Robbie. Thank You. Good to know about Japan. Akemashite Omedeito Gozai Masu. Sumimasen.

Shuba said...

Hey i always have been fascinated about US and Europe...Tokyo din catch my attention mainly due to lang prob...but this post is kindling nterest...bythe way wud be happy if u cud write on earthquakes and the way they construct their skyscrappers to reduce damages.....