With 333 meters, Tokyo Tower is 13 meters taller than its model - Eiffel Tower of Paris. Stands as the world's tallest self-supporting steel tower, it was completed in the year 1958 as a symbol for Japan's rebirth as a major economic power, and serves as a television and radio broadcast antenna and tourist attraction.
Konnichiwa! The 'Land of Rising Sun' or 'Nippon' is an island country in North Asia. Known to English speaking countries as Japan, it was once devastated in 1945 during World War II. Politic, economy, infrastructures, cultural treasures and almost everything were collapsed. In less than 50 years, this Asian giant woke up with economy boom. What I recalled during my childhood, the top wish in every household was to own electrical appliances labelled with 'Made in Japan'!
Having said that, I still perceived Japan as a planet of her own until recently. In fact, my biggest fear that stop me from making the pioneer trip to Japan was communication barrier. Today, be rest assured that this gap is minimal and in large metropolitan like Tokyo is potentially no longer exist. Most city folks do understand English as long as one speaks briefly and slowly. Information in English including leaflets is free-flow and available everywhere, named it at subway station, street, park, temple/shrine and some restaurants.
Interestingly, Japan offers beyond what I have expected. Clean and safe are perhaps the last things to worry. Apart from typical images of Japanese temple, shrine, park or picturesque landscape, the sight of contrast or contradiction is the complement to the full excitement of what Japan is about. For instance, it a general knowledge that Japanese are polite yet adult movie theaters are common scenes in big cities. In an electric town like Akibahara, skyscrapers and colorful neon are the macro view but if you walk into a confined building next to the Akibahara subway, there is a maze with enormous tiny stores (like night market!) that sell millions of electronic components!
There are obviously more and guess that awaits us to unfold!
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