Today was the first full day in Tokyo. The jet lag is mostly gone and I can finally enjoy everything to the fullest, without falling asleep (usually). After breakfast, we visited the Tokyo Sky Tree, a tower that stretched 650 meters above the Tokyo horizon. After a very long wait in line, we went up the elevator. One would think an elevator would take a very long time to reach a height of 350m (height of the viewing deck), but this elevator traveled at a rate of 50 meters per second. Very fast! This extreme height made for some very cool pictures and panoramas, as well. On a clear day, you can see Mount Fuji from the Sky Tree, but unfortunately it was too cloudy of a day to see it.
The base of the Skytree
The whole tower, as viewed from the bottom.
It looks much larger in person. It was quite awe-inspiring.
I would gladly visit the Skytree again on a clearer day, as I’m sure the view would be even more fantastic.
After the Skytree, we rested for a while in our rooms and then took a taxi over to the Sumo venue, accompanied by Dr. Amemiya, who graciously supplied us with front row seats! It was quite an amazing experience, and a few time the sumo wrestlers almost ended up in my lap.
The wrestling venue is decorated with banners for the match,
The pre-wrestling ceremony. Sumo has many religious properties still attached to it and there are many rituals before, throughout, and after the wrestling that occur to keep evil spirits out. It was very interesting.
Once the wrestling actually begins, matches can last one second or a whole minute, they are very unpredictable.
After many hours, the sumo was over and we went to eat dinner at a Yakitori restaurant, which is a type of chicken restaurant that serves almost every anatomical part of the chicken, on skewers. I am not too keen on organs, but the other parts of the chicken were delicious, and the restaurant (very upscale) prepared it excellently. It was definitely a new experience. This restaurant was in the Ginza district, which is like Tokyo’s nightlife district.
It is filled with luxury stores like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Rolex, Cartier, etc. Expensive cars galore as well. A Rolls Royce spotting is not unusual in this part of town.
As expected, another successful and exciting day in Japan. Tokyo is very cool so far, and I can’t wait for some more new experiences.