Thursday, April 26, 2012

Odaiba Area, Tokyo ~Gundam Returning~

In 1850s, the US demanded the opening of Japan and starting trades to Western countries to the Shogunate of Japan, which basically did not allow commerce and traveling between Japan and other countries at that time under the policy called Sakoku. Seeing the US military's ships coming to negotiate, the Shogunate saw a threat and decided to build an artificial island to put gun batteries in for the purpose of defense in the bay --- what we call Tokyo Bay today. The island was named Daiba, which means 'Battery place', and is now often called 'Odaiba' with the honorific prefix 'o'.

Eventually the batteries were never used and the Shogunate opened up the country. The island was expanded in the last half century. It has developed dramatically since 1990s and now is a massive island known as a major tourist attraction with a lot of commercial and leisure facilities.

The newest hot spot in the area is 'Diver City Tokyo Plaza', a commercial complex opened on April 19th. You can see a full-length Gundam in front of the brand new facility. It was initially placed at Odaiba and had been taken away for a while, returning to his hometown only recently. I wonder how they ended up calling it 'full-length' when it is originally two dimentional. Or has it really been made into real?

Odaiba Area, Tokyo ~Gundam Returning~ [iPhone 4S/HD]
- Shot in 1080p full HD with an iPhone 4S on Apr. 25th, 2012

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