日本での一年間

August 20, 2008

Crowded Odaiba

Filed under: Events, Tokyo places — myyearinjapan @ 1:36 pm

Odaiba is a newer area of Tokyo built on an artificial island. One of the major TV stations (Fuji TV) has their headquarters there and, during the second half of July and all of August, they have a big festival. You can pose with (statues of) characters from your favorite TV shows, buy merchandise, wait in long lines to play games based on the shows, hear live music, etc. Despite the fact that I went on a weekday, it was insanely crowded. And that didn’t really make the 33 degree heat (91 F) and blazing hot sun any more comfortable. We paid about $15 each to get the privilege to walk through these crazy crowds and wait in lines and bake in the sun.

On the way to Odaiba, we rode the Mag Lev train. No conductor, no tracks ( or at least not in the same sense as other trains). The train is moved along by magnets.
The view from the train:

Rainbow Bridge on the way to Odaiba

Rainbow Bridge on the way to Odaiba

Rainbow Bridge again

Rainbow Bridge again

View from the train

View from the train

Fuji TV building

Fuji TV building

Crowds at Fuji TV - this picture doesnt even begin to show how packed that place was

Crowds at Fuji TV - this picture doesn't even begin to show how packed that place was

The Colonel at Fuji TV. KFC is all over Japan, along with McDonalds

The Colonel at Fuji TV. KFC is all over Japan, along with McDonalds

Back of Fuji TV Building

Back of Fuji TV Building

Miniature Statue of Liberty with Rainbow Bridge in the background

Miniature Statue of Liberty with Rainbow Bridge in the background

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2 Comments »

  1. does the magnet train feel just like a normal train, etc?

    Comment by Asaf — August 25, 2008 @ 12:27 am

  2. The magnet train feels pretty much like a normal train. Maybe slightly smoother, but not very different.

    Comment by myyearinjapan — August 25, 2008 @ 7:51 am


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