It’s now 18 months since I revisited Hong Kong and Japan after 36 years … one of the best journeys I ever done, but that is really no surprise. Japan is so magical as everyone says.
I want to take you to Tokyo … that offered loads of rain and cherry blossom in April 2015. Going to tell you the story about the little ball.
Tokyo Tower (東京タワー Tōkyō tawā?) is a communications and observation tower. At 332.9 metres (1,092 ft), it is the second-tallest structure in Japan. It has the same structure as Eiffel Tower-inspired lattice tower that is painted white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations.
Built in 1958, the tower’s main sources of revenue are tourism and antenna leasing. Over 150 million people have visited the tower. FootTown, a four-story building directly under the tower, houses museums, restaurants and shops. Departing from there, guests can visit two observation decks. The two-story Main Observatory is at 150 metres (490 ft), while the smaller Special Observatory reaches a height of 249.6 metres (819 ft). (text. wikipedia.org)
We can compare Tokyo Tower with the Eiffel tower that currently have about 6.9 million people visitors each year, I think it has done pretty well.
It took one year to build.
When we visit was it a very wet day … the sky was very grey and heavy low. We had learned how to use the metro sort of .
In 2012 was it time to replace the antenna pole … and then as workers removed sections of the antenna, they found an old baseball! It was inside the antenna, so it must have been placed there during the original construction of the tower.
It had been inside the top of Tokyo Tower for over 54 years. Nobody knows how it got there.
It is suggested that a worker may have been placed it inside the antenna as a joke, or maybe a child lost a ball near the construction site and it ended up inside the antenna tube? They interviewed a former Tokyo Tower construction worker, who says he has no knowledge of such a baseball.
“When a ball dreams, it dreams it’s a frisbee.”