NYC, Venice, and Mexico in 1 Day

We took the train to Odaiba one day this weekend to do some sightseeing.

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Odaiba is a man-made island in Tokyo Bay, Japan. There are several tourist spots on the island and most of them have a very modern design.

Fuji Television Building

This building was designed by Kenzo Tange, a well known Japanese architect. We have already seen several of his designs around Tokyo, and I hope to compile more photos of his architecture.

I did a little research and found that Kenzo Tange also designed a 1974 addition to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. This was one of very few projects completed by Tange in the United States.

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I read that the ball on the top of the building weighs around 2.5 million pounds!

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Palette Town is a large entertainment and shopping area in Odaiba.

The large shopping area in Palette Town is called Venus Fort. Venus Fort is an indoor shopping mall, which reminds you of being in Venice or Cesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

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This huge ferris wheel is also part of Palette Town. It is commonly referred to as Daikanransha and is one of the world’s largest ferris wheels.

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MegaWeb is a multi-level exhibition hall where Toyota showcases their newest Lexus and Toyota cars.

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I think we found a car for Shawn. The car below is called the i-swing. What do you think…rather than both of us doing the next marathon, should one of us be the coach and ride around in this during training?

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Actually, I think this is the car Shawn really wants. Say hello to the 2008 (hybrid) Lexus LS 600hL. This particular model was available for the low, low price of $127,000 (USD)!

Rainbow Bridge connects Odaiba and the Shibaura area of Tokyo. The rainbow portion of the bridge name comes from the colorful lights shining on the bridge at night.

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A Statue of Liberty replica…in Japan?  You can see the Rainbow Bridge in the background of this photo.

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Fiesta Mexicana was taking place in Odaiba as well. There were several groups of Japanese men carrying shrine-like figurines through the crowd. They were constantly jumping up and down and really started shaking the bridge we were walking across. Needless to say, Shawn and I both got off the bridge as quickly as possible – as it was a very unsettling feeling.

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I’ll have to post some more photos in the up-coming days…

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