Once it was proposed to me to visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, and not knowing what such a thing was, I was inclined to smile politely and sigh, thinking that my well-meaning Japanese friend wished me to experience Japanese government in action.
Wary of politics and picturing in my mind an austere building, built low to last the daily tremors that Tokyo enjoys I was astonished to find upon arrival a most astounding sight, for Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is a particularly prosaic name for a particularly spectacular building.
Finished in 1990 and the tallest building in Tokyo until 2006 this amazing structure looked quite spectacular on this rare day when the sky in central Tokyo was perfectly cloudless and smog free, enabling the hundreds of windows to reflect the blue sky perfectly. Surprisingly, the architect who designed this futuristic interpretation of a Gothic cathedral was also the architect who designed the original building in the 1950s which was knocked down for this!
If you wish to see all of Tokyo in its vast sprawling glory then the 45th floor is the place to go where not only can you see a 360 degree view of the city but where you can also purchase quintessentially Japanese items such as the Mr Atomic wind up tin robot that sits before me as I write.
Every wary of earthquakes at heights, I surveyed the city and descended rapidly to the ground floor, Mr Atomic safely stashed in my man bag.
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