One of the things I do basically each time I come to Tokyo is pay a visit to what has been for a long time the highest building in the capital: the Sunshine City. First city within a city of the whole Japan, was finished in 1978 and stands about 270 meters to the top, with an observation floor (view from all sides) at 251 meters (60th floor). It is also possible to step outside, but considering the chilly wind that caught us even at street level, I decided not to go out there this time.
The weather was probably the best I’ve got in Tokyo so far, considering I’ve been to the Sunshine many times before in bright days with clear sky, but couldn’t ever catch a sight of the Fuji-san before._
This time it was there, clearly visible in the distance, above the usual courtain of smog that makes the outskirts of the city almost impossible to discern. You could clearly see Saitama’s city center building too anyway, and few chilometers more of buildings… and buildings… and buildings.
Actually, seen from up there, seemed like there was no ending to it: concrete and steel everywhere.
That’s why, catching a glimpse of the big japanese capital from the plane years ago, I dubbed it “a spider of concrete and steel”. Cyberpunk to the bones.