A YELLOW SKY, TOKYO

I had to get up in the middle of the night to attend a call after the sandstorm. The sky was an eerie yellow. Supposedly the sand did come from China.

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Unfortunately it has led to our learning about PM 2.5 and how Chinese pollution is effecting the region:

Atmospheric particulate matter – also known as particulates or particulate matter (PM) – are tiny pieces of solid or liquid matter associated with the Earth’s atmosphere. They are suspended in the atmosphere as atmospheric aerosol, a term which refers to the particulate/air mixture, as opposed to the particulate matter alone. However, it is common to use the term aerosol to refer to the particulate component alone.[1] Sources of particulate matter can be man made or natural. They can adversely affect human health and also have impacts on climate and precipitation. Subtypes of atmospheric particle matter include suspended particulate matter (SPM), respirable suspended particle (RSP;particles with diameter of 10 micrometres or less), fine particles, and soot.

In speaking with a colleague today he mentioned that when he was a child Tokyo was very polluted due to rapid industrial expansion. Over the years Japan has spent a huge amount of money to clean the air. I was surprised, as smog is not something that I have seen in Tokyo.

The weather has been up and down this week, cold and hot. On this hot day I happened to bring my camera and get a few shots off of Fuji-san and the Tokyo skyline.

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A gorgeous sunset.

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No smog ….

TOKYO TOWER: THE FIRST DECK (PART II)

The Tokyo Tower is a 2 step process. You pay to get to the first observation deck and then you pay to go to the 2nd level (and take a number which tells you when you are allowed on the elevator).

The view from the first deck ….

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I love the way that shrines are scattered everywhere in Tokyo. In this case, between big buildings …

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Mt Fuji in the distance.  Our house is on the left …

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The harbour.

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Hello MetLife blimp.

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The glass floor. Every tourist must take a shot ….

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I found this odd. Merry Christmas seems out of place here.

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One more shot through a bigger glass viewing plate.

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TOKYO TOWER PART 1

I have taken a lot of photos of the Tokyo Tower and the skyline since we moved here. A few weekends ago we went to the tower to enjoy the view.

We walked from the Tokyo American Club to the tower, with a few cool views. The tower through a shrine cemetery.

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I passed this building on the way there. The Masons are everywhere … they control everything … (smile).

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The Hasegawa “Green” building. A very green building.

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And standing at the bottom. We were on our way to that top white circle. No clouds in the sky, great view.

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