A special sky over Tokyo

22 May

Yesterday a 日食 (solar eclipse) could be seen over Tokyo and a few other parts of the world.
Did you watch the eclipse? To look at it, you needed to wear special glasses otherwise you could risk serious eye damage.

I got a (cheap) pair of the glasses and watched the eclipse. It was visible in Tokyo at 7:30AM.

I took a few photos of it with my cell-phone camera. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a very good shot of the “ring of fire” (when the moon was directly in front of the sun and a perfect ring was visible around the dark moon)…this one is probably the best of the pictures I got.

Solar eclipse over Tokyo, 2012 May 21

Another “sky-related” event in Tokyo is the grand opening of the Tokyo Sky Tree today (2012 May 22).

It says “Tuesday, 2012 May 22, Tokyo Sky Tree grand opening”

Personally, I don’t plan to go inside the Tokyo Sky Tree at least until the “novelty” wears off because it’s going to be very crowded (for awhile, a reservation is required to go inside) and also, the admission cost is expensive—¥2,000 – ¥3,000 for adults (depending on which level of the tower you want to go up to).

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12 Responses to “A special sky over Tokyo”

  1. Benjamin Martin May 31, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    Unfortunately, we were a bit too far south to get the full eclipse in Okinawa, but I was able to get a few shots. I think I like your keitai pic better than my filtered photos… didn’t want to burn out my camera’s sensor ^_^

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    • tokyo5 June 1, 2012 at 7:17 am #

      >in Okinawa

      How long have you lived in Okinawa?
      Where are you from originally?

      I like Okinawa … the food is very good.
      But I love Tokyo … I could never live anywhere else!

      >I didn’t want to burn out my camera’s sensor

      I thought the same thing … but I saw everyone around me taking photos of the eclipse with their cameras and decided that maybe it’d be OK.

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  2. Tom Arrison May 28, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

    Reblogged this on Okonomibloggy and commented:
    Tokyo 5 blogging about the eclipse last week over Tokyo.

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  3. Metal Odyssey May 27, 2012 at 5:05 am #

    I don’t believe this eclipse was visible from Pennsylvania. That photo you took with your cell phone came out rather good! I can see the ring of fire just fine, from your photo. This eclipse photo would make a cool album cover… probably for a Progressive Rock/Metal band.

    LOL! I always get off topic and steer things back to music… I’m sorry. 🙂

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    • tokyo5 May 27, 2012 at 11:20 am #

      >That photo you took with your cell phone came out rather good!

      Thanks.

      > I can see the ring of fire just fine, from your photo.

      The “Ring of Fire” refers to the point that the moon was directly in front of the sun and the dark moon was completely surrounded by a ring of light … giving the appearance of a ring of fire in the sky.

      I missed photographing it by a few moments!

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      • Metal Odyssey May 28, 2012 at 10:45 am #

        I still see a “semi-ring of fire” though, LOL! Still… a great job at capturing that moment… the photo has much to offer, regardless of your timing. 🙂 \m/

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      • tokyo5 May 28, 2012 at 11:00 am #

        Thanks!
        I guess since full solar-eclipses are so rare and special that any photo of one looks good! 😉

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  4. gigihawaii May 27, 2012 at 12:49 am #

    I didn’t see it, because I didn’t know WHEN to look. Besides, I read that people in Hawaii would see only 10% of the eclipse because of our location. When I was in Tokyo in 2008, I went up in the Tokyo Tower and took pictures of the sights. Awesome! I imagine the view must be even better from the sky tree.

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    • tokyo5 May 27, 2012 at 4:32 am #

      >I didn’t see it, because I didn’t know WHEN to look.

      Didn’t they announce on the news there what time that it’d be visible?

      >Hawaii would see only 10% of the eclipse because of our location.

      Yeah, I heard that Tokyo had the best view in the world of this eclipse.

      >I imagine the view must be even better from the sky tree.

      I think so, too. The Tokyo Sky Tree is so tall that, unlike Tokyo Tower, it can be seen from outside of Tokyo (in neighboring prefectures in Japan).

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  5. Mom May 25, 2012 at 7:09 am #

    Unfortunately, we couldn’t see the solar eclipse from Florida. I love the photo you got!

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    • tokyo5 May 25, 2012 at 7:21 am #

      I guess it was evening in Florida and too dark to see it.

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