Odaiba, again

This is going to be a post in English. I know most of my readers can understand pretty well English, so I think is not gonna be a problem if just for today, just for one post, I change the language. Moreover It includes some photos, so you’ll not be bored even if you can’t understand. Ah, and sorry in advance for the miskates i’m going to make.

The reason of writting in English is to dedicate this post to Michael Chien, a United States student that came to Japan for two months to research with the expedition called nanoJapan. During last days he regretted not being able to read my posts, because he can guess what I am writing about, but not fully understand it (and I will not give more details). The point is that today’s was last day both he and me will be in Japan, therefore is a farewell. There was not farewell party, nomikai, or whatever event with the word “fiesta” in any language, but just a visit to Odaiba, and what’s better, a conversation in the park until midnight. But I’m only going to tell about Odaiba.

I will never get tired to say that I love Odaiba. It’s a wonderful artificial island in Tokyo bay with so many interesting things to see, to discover. Here you won’t find salary-men going back home, or scholars with their uniform. Just normal people, lot of normal people that know how to enjoy a non-holiday (that point is important since we are in Japan) tuesday afternoon.

There are some stuff you only can see in Japan. And I’m not talking about dogs wearing short skirts or round-year dressed girls (maybe you think I misplace some words, maybe I did, maybe not). Imagine a popular anime serial about robots, machines, or whatever thing like that. Imagine to celebrate 30th anniversary by making a high-detailed figure. Imagine this figure is real size, no matter it’s 30 meter high. They can build it up. Here is:



And it moves!. Jus slightly, only the head, but also it throws smoke. Hundreds of japanese impressed in front of it (or i should say he?). I have not special interest in the figure, but it’s a must. However, you can have lot of fun viewing the japanese taking photos with their cell phone and getting really impressed by any light that switches on.

Fotografiando a Gundam

We were there for almost an hour. Finally, Gundam was like our adoptive father, taking care of us while enjoying a walk around Odaiba.

Gundam Papá

Of course there where small shops around it selling food. Some of us toke a fried potato. One full fried potato, cut in a strange way. I chose a milk ice cream filled with condensed milk. Delicious.

Patatas en espiral

Weather was hot and humid (as usual in summer) so, even after the ice cream, I decided to refresh myself in a fountain. It’s not deep so waterproof boots worked well. I tried to protect myself against water, but as expected (and desired) I got refreshed :).

Protegiéndome del agua

After a few jumps in the fountain we went up to a pyramid. I do not why there’s a pyramid there, it’s one more unreasoned thing of Odaiba, and that’s what I like of it, that you don’t need to think about reasons of things, they simply are there.

Pequeña pirámide

When’s gonna be next time I go there?. I don’t know. I only sure that every one of you that finally decide to visit me will have a tour around this island. Cause it worth.

25 comentarios ↓

#1 javi comentó el 29 de julio de 2009 a las 05:38

great post luis! Don’t stop writing in English, continue with more posts as you feel more comfortable sharing your experiences with us. Many people from USA has asked me to write in English so I’m going to do it, that’s going to be the next step in my personal blog :-)

I’m right now at O’hare airport, waiting. I really hate security measures :-( Enjoy your trip! I was on Thailand, but only at the airport hehe

#2 Aebeda comentó el 29 de julio de 2009 a las 17:21

Nice Luis !!
I have not commented for a long time ( nor posted), but my holidays are over… and now is time for reading all your posts ( I promise I will try).

Have a nice japanese-summer !!

#3 Carlos comentó el 29 de julio de 2009 a las 22:57

Finally you went to see the Gundam giant! Very impressive photos, but all the people say that is more amazing in the night! :P

#4 Michael comentó el 30 de julio de 2009 a las 01:01

Hey Luis,

Thanks for humoring me and writing in English so that I don’t have to use Google translate. I know you have your reasons for writing en espanol, but it is really nice to be able to read your blog plainly, as it is very interesting. This was a nice surprise, and I will miss your jokes, your unexpected tricks, and your quirks. Have a great time in Thailand, Singapore, and whereever else you are going, and may we meet again soon!

#5 luis comentó el 31 de julio de 2009 a las 00:56

Writting in Spanish is not only because of “my reasons” but also cause my family read this, and its easyer for them to read inspanish. I think its what I should do. Moreover, it is easyer to express some feelings or details in Spanish.

However Michael, anytime you can send me a message and i will be glad to tell you whatever thing in English ;).

See youu!

#6 Israel comentó el 3 de agosto de 2009 a las 02:57

What a freak world!!
Hope you are enjoying your time around SE Asia!! I’d love to be there guiding you…
Take care bro!!

#7 luis comentó el 3 de agosto de 2009 a las 21:50

Ill take care. Best wishes from Padong Beach ;P

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