Blue sky-views from the 69th floor

From the 69th floor of the Landmark Tower in Yokohama, you can see forever.

It was an Africa-hot Tuesday afternoon and two of my colleagues and I had taken the group of new new high school students to the Minator Mirai 21 district of Yokohama for lunch and a cool scavenger hunt followed by a trip to the top of Landmark Tower which is the tallest building and third tallest structure in Japan. (A quick aside for teachers: If you want kids to bond quickly, take them to the exact place that they would choose on their own… a mall!)

My group piled into the elevator and a young female guide began to speak in Japanese. I gathered that she was talking about the speed of the elevator as twenty heads leaned back to get a better view of red numbers on a screen just above the elevator doors. The elevator reached a speed of 12.5 metres per second which meant that the elevator came to a gentle landing on the 69th floor in just forty seconds. My ears popped twice!

About halfway to the top, one of our students whispered, “Can you imagine being in here during an earthquake?” Twenty people inhaled in perfect unison and were then completely silent for the next twenty seconds.

Even on a hot, August day the views were astonishing. When the weather cools off a bit, and the Yokohama-skies are at their bluest, I’ll take DP so that he can see forever too.

What have you been looking at lately? What are your new views?

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