Tokyo Day 3: Giant robot is powerful
My trip wasn’t to be all fun and games and baking in the punishing sunlight. I was off to meet a compatriot this morning, since I wanted to get in touch with another branch of the multinational company that pays my food bills.
Alighting from Kudanshita station, I travelled up a certain building and met my Japanese buddy, who shall only be known as “Mr. Jazz”. We talked shop for a bit (boring server crap which I won’t divulge) then it was off to a nearby European eatery for some spaghetti in tangy sauce.
No prayers from either of us here
The next leg of our walk took us to the politically-charged Yasukuni Shrine, bane of Chinese and Korean reactionaries. It was interesting to hear from mr. Jazz that he didn’t believe in the shrine’s cause either. Seems like our political sentiments are more similar than I could have imagined.
This was useful once
Mr. Jazz pointed out to me that the reason this lighthouse existed in the middle of the area was that everything downhill from here used to be under water and was reclaimed via landfill.
Not pictured: hundreds of insects belting out their signature tunes
Who you callin’ ‘aho’? Stupid crow!
Off for a walk in the Imperial Gardens. It turned out that Mr. Jazz had never set foot in here either before today, so it was a new experience for both of us. I was sorely tempted to take a nap under one of the many wide-branched trees.
Ricchan, I believe in you!
On the way out we passed the legendary Budokan concert hall. Workers were busy setting up for something – I wasn’t sure if it was for an upcoming concert or a ceremony for the nearby shrine.
Mr. Jazz figured it was about time he got back to work, so we said our goodbyes and I hopped back onto the subway. I was tired of walking and my Suica was running out, so I was looking for an alternative method of transport.
The sign says ‘This way to fun’
A giant robot? That’ll do nicely.
Past the treetops, a behemoth lurks
A photo for the readers to get some sense of scale
If it could be bothered, the Gundam could crush you like a bug
The Gundam looked impressive enough up close, and slightly menacing with its glowing eyes, but the best was yet to come: when the head moved with its signature sounds, many people including myself were taken by surprise.
Gundams in Olympics: you know it makes sense
Really, does Tokyo have to do anything other than show off the Gundam to win the rights for the 2016 Olympics? Take your native animals and interpretative dance routines and bugger off, other loser countries.
Of course, being in Japan, I had to follow traditions. So I joined the line to get up close and personal with the Gundam, and when the time was right…
I see London, I see France…
…it was time for a good ol’ upskirting.
Love that attention to detail
How many Gundam Marker pens were sacrificed to do the highlights?
Since I was already in Odaiba, there was one more thing for me to do: psyche myself up in preparation for a confrontation with my Japanese arch-nemesis…
The calm before the storm
Tokyo Big Site. You’ve defeated me once, but this time I shall best you!
Some virtual idol is releasing a new single, blahdeyblah
Someone may find this picture useful.