Tokyo Tower

On Tuesday, I saw the film Dojokko no Uta, starring Ruriko Asaoka and Hideki Takahashi. A key scene is set in Tokyo Tower, which opened a few years before this movie was released. Takahashi’s rich doctor’s son woos Asaoka’s poor, orphan character by taking her, a nursery school teacher, and her kids on a drive to amusement spots in Tokyo, including Tokyo Tower. The movie is not so famous, it seems, so I can’t find anything online about this scene, but I believe I this spot, looking out towards where the Sumida River flows into Tokyo Bay (which you can’t see behind the clouds, buildings, and my poor camera), is where he gave her this small statue of Tokyo Tower he bought for her, which also played a key role throughout the film.
On Wednesday, when I began a short teaching stint in Tokyo, I was surprised to look up to see Tokyo Tower. I took it as a sign I should visit. I think I have been up Tokyo Tower only once or twice, it has been at least 10 years, if not 20, since I last went up it, however.



text from gaijinsan
I found this book, Gaijin-san, at a book cafe I took a rest at earlier today. I love that, even though it is from 1964, the first line is someone from France complaining that Japanese always think foreigners they meet are from the United States.


Crossing Shiroyama Dam and Tsukui Lake on a rainy Saturday, heading to an orientation for a summer class I will be teaching. 


Today is the last day of classes for me at the junior high school where I teach, which means I probably won’t be crossing this bridge this early in the morning again for a while.


Went to dinner at a Mexican restaurant in Machida. This was the Tex-Mex burrito. It reminded me more of a murtabak, something I often ate in Singapore. I loved murtabak, so I’ll go back.