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Friday 9 May 2008

The NHK Broadcasting Museum

On my way to the Tokyo Tower, I spotted a museum with the name "NHK Broadcasting Museum." As NHK is the largest broadcasting corporation in Japan, I decided to check it out. It was located on a small hill in the heart of Tokyo. The surrounding is very serene.

I'm always fascinated by those open-reel tape players. They just look very professional.

I present to you the great-grandfather of all video cameras!

Four lenses are always better than one.

There is a room where visitors can experience how newscasting is done. All the cameras are actually remote-controlled. It takes only one operator to maneuver all the cameras.

This has got to be the grandpa of all music mixers.

These brought back great memories my secondary school time when I always saved my pocket money to buy the cassettes of Japanese songs featured in the "Red and White" charts. It was amazing that I enjoyed the songs without understanding a word.

The Tokyo Tower is actually a radio-wave transmission tower for NHK, that's why a model of it is showcased here.

Wednesday 7 May 2008

When Night Falls on Tokyo

Tokyo Tower is one of the landmarks in Japan that tourists flock to have their portraits taken, just to make a mark that they have been to Tokyo.

I was at the Imperial Palace when I saw the Tokyo Tower, so I thought it was a good idea to walk to see it in the evening during the golden hour. It took me more than an hour to get there from the Imperial Palace, but I have to mention that I detoured to the NHK Broadcasting Museum and a shrine nearby.

I wonder if the Tokyo Tower was modeled after the Eiffel Tower. They look like twin brothers to me, except that Tokyo Tower maybe the shorter one.

There is an observatory at 145 m from the ground level. It is not free though. I paid ¥820 to get up there.

I don't know whether the price I paid for was worth it or not, because there are free observatories at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office. Well, I have paid for it, I decided to enjoy it to the fullest.

There's no doubt that the view of the Tokyo city from the observatory was spectacular. There were rays of light from the sun on the day I visited, I really love sun rays.

Since it was almost sunset time, so I decided to stay on to watch the sunset over Shinjuku. I felt like the price for the ticket was well-worth it from these scenes. What do you think?

I just love the sea of lights at downtown Tokyo!

The bridge at Odaiba is called the Rainbow Bridge. The Ferris wheel belongs to the part of Odaiba called the Palette Town.

After coming down from the observatory, it was good time to capture the lights on Tokyo Tower itself.

I enjoyed my time at the Tokyo Tower very much. If you happen to be in Tokyo, don't miss it.

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