The Tokyo Sky Tree , the tallest tower in the world turned one year old today.
The Sky Tree opened to visitors on 2012 May 22nd…one year ago today.
I went up to the observation deck in the Tokyo Sky Tree on a clear day last January. I wrote a post about it with some photos that I took of the view.
(Click here to read it.)
Today is the first anniversary of the Tokyo Sky Tree‘s grand opening…but two days ago (Monday, 2013 May 2oth), another milestone was reached for the tower: Tokyo Sky Tree welcomed the 6.34 millionth visitor.
6.34 million visitors is a key number for the Sky Tree because the tower stands 634 meters tall. Officially the world’s tallest tower.
The height of 634 meters wasn’t chosen arbitrarily. In Japanese 6-3-4 can be pronounced 「ムサシ」 (mu-sa-shi)…and the Tokyo Sky Tree stands near an area that is referred to as 「武蔵の国」 (Musashi Region).
What do you think about giant skyscrapers and towers? What is the tallest one you’ve visited? Are there any near where you live?
I wrote a post about three years ago comparing Japanese and American schools.
(Click here to read it.)
Well, the Washington Post newspaper wrote an article fairly recently about Japanese 給食 (school lunches).
The article is here.
Basically, it says that school lunches in Japanese schools are healthy and delicious.
They are like home cooked meals made with locally grown ingredients, unlike the fast-food type of lunches that I ate in schools in America.
Also, the students serve the food to each other in Japanese schools.
having raised three kids in Japan, I know that students in Japan eat proper food in school.
I’m from Florida. Is Miami, Florida well-known for BBQ sauce?
I haven’t lived in Florida (or even in America) for quite some time…but I don’t recall ever hearing about any “Miami BBQ“.
Well, anyway, Burger King in Japan has recently begun offering “BBQ Whopper Burgers…from Miami“.
Does Burger King offer this in America too?
Have you tried it? How does it taste? “Citrusy”?
Yesterday we watched this famous 日本舞踊 kabuki dance.
Last weekend, we went to a 藤祭り (Wisteria Festival) in Tokyo.
藤 (Wisteria) is a type of flower that is purple and blooms around this time of year.
Here are some photos that I took:
We also saw the new Tokyo Sky Duck bus.
Here’s a photo that I took of it:
The Tokyo Sky Duck is a new bus service that just started in Tokyo last March.
It gives passengers a tour of Tokyo both by street…and then by river cruise because it’s both a bus and a boat!
Here is a video of the Tokyo Sky Duck bus getting into the river:
In your country, do vending machines give weather forecasts and recommend a drink for you based on your gender and estimated age ( using facial recognition software) like here in Japan?
We can also pay for the drinks by using our train commute IC cards.
Do you like Megadeth?
They have a new album coming out.
Did you know that their former guitarist, Marty Friedman, is fluent in Japanese and that he quit the band some years ago and has been living in Tokyo since?
Marty Friedman is on TV here as I’m writing this post.
Anyways, here’s the title track from the upcoming Megadeth album “Super Collider” :
Yesterday, 2013 April 19, was the 116th birthday of the world’s oldest living person … Jiroemon Kimura of Japan.
Mr. Kimura was born on 1897 April 19th.