Saturday, 1 August 2009
Odaiba's New Toy
I got off at Tokyo Teleport station. My destination, Shiokaze Park, was 20 minutes' walk away. It was the longest 20 minutes I've ever walked. The temperature was unbearable - 32゜C. And to make things worse, the humidity. Now I finally recalled why I hated summer.
I went through all the torture just to take a look at what everyone has been talking about lately. A new landmark has risen over Tokyo's skyline - Gundam! Standing at 18m, he's a 1:1 replica of the inaugural RX-78-2 Gundam from the popular anime series.
Obviously, I have to salute Mr Gundam. Staying outside in this summer heat is no joke. But he's doing all this for his fans, in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Gundam series. He's also Tokyo's green ambassador, pushing for a cleaner environment in the bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games.
The area right under Mr Gundam was fenced off. People (like Kimmy) queued up to enter the area, just to catch a glimpse at Mr Gundam's crotch. But at two sharp, the queue was temporarily stopped. Music started playing. It was time for Mr Gundam's aerobic session.
It began with some blinking of the eyes, twisting of the neck sideways, and tilting of the head. Then, Mr Gundam farted from the rear nozzles and the vents on the chests, as the crowd went ooh and aah.
Ten minutes past two. I'd really like to stay till the lightup at night but thought better about it. Let's just leave the lightup for another day. I'd better go home before I dried up like a prune.
Mr Gundam, is afterall, scheduled to be in Odaiba till the end of August.
Five feet seven inches tall. A member of a carbon-based bipedal life form descended from an ape.
He believes the cosmos has grand plans for him but whatever his calling is, it has not yet been revealed to him. So in the meantime, he spends the day working as a software developer, and whatever free time that is left, reading books. He attempted reading the bible a couple of times but could not as much as finish the first chapter of Genesis. He will continue again, one day.
He loves his camera as much as he loves his books. He picked up photography when he was studying in Japan. But now that he has started working, he can no longer spend as much time for photography as he used to. He is making a small amount of side income from his hobby and hopes to spend more time shooting again.
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