|6.12am, a little more light, |
or more patience required?
|No waiting to photograph the Skytree|
We arrived after a couple of train rides to...a large crowd. Actually it was a very large crowd. We arrived about midday to line up to get the pre-tickets which would allow us to line up later at a particular time to get tickets to go up. We found the ticket office, got in line to receive our pre-tickets to buy tickets for the EIGHT PM trip up the elevator...8.00pm. Eight.hour.wait. And then we'd see Tokyo in the dark. OK, time to re-strategise.
We decided to go and eat anyway, finding ourselves in a little side-street at a well-known tempura and eel restaurant, couple of beers ... how long was that wait again? We could see the tower from street-level, we opted to go and see it 'next time'.
Meanwhile, we headed to our next destination, Nogi Jinja, a temple in Aoyama with deep historical significance. General Nogi was a Meiji era general, revered. So upset was he by the death of his Meiji Emperor, he and his wife committed ritual suicide, in the then 'honoured' tradition of a certain class. The visit here tied in with our trip to Matsuyama and Meiji history. The temple was festooned for new year's observances and it sits adjacent to Nogi's residence, complete with garden (still tended) and his 'beloved horses' stables. There were some elements about this temple that had me reflecting on contemporary nationalism...but that's for the other blog.
|Dinner, at 6.12pm|
The weather remained cold; I managed to spend some time buying books; and political party leaders were all over the TV this evening declaring their new year promises and ambitions. Oh dear--idea for new article on political rhetoric and the similarities between the Japanese and Australian professional political classes. 'Moving forward'...Japanese pollies talk about 'moving forward'! Patience tested, indeed.