Achieving New Heights on Tokyo Tower

When I first came to Japan, I didn’t know what to expect from being on my own in a whole new country outside the US. When I signed up for ISA summer program to study abroad, I wanted to gain credit in my education for my business degree, but also to have fun by exploring new places I have never seen before. From visiting the electric town of Akihabara, to the Sensoji temple in Asakusa, I couldn’t believe that I was able to see these places without knowing the language. Using only my wits and google map, I was able to visit many city’s and temples though out Tokyo, and be able to return to my hotel room safe and sound. Their was one thing I needed to visit before I return home from Japan, despite all that Ive seen for the first two weeks, I still didn’t feel that I have seen all of Tokyo yet, in order for my words to be true I had to visit the one of Japans greatest landmark, Tokyo Tower.

Many would say if you want to visit the highest tower in Japan, than Tokyo sky tree would be the better place to visit, however; during my childhood I watch a lot of cartoon shows including anime, and I remember seeing Tokyo tower being in some of those shows. I wanted visit a structure that I saw from my favorites shows as a kid, and be able to see Japan in a whole new scenario. When I reached the observation deck and stood in front of the windows, all i could see were buildings stretching as far as the eye could see. I was astound by the view, for never have I been able to see any city from a high point in my life. As I walked around the observatory taking photos and videos, it had mirrors reflecting the people in it, and as I see my self in one of those mirrors, I realize how much I have achieve in order to be were I am today, to leaving my home to visit another country, to exploring new areas that I know nothing about, to be able to see Japan in one of its great structures, I now know that nothing is possible for me to accomplish when I return home.

Gabriel Luna II is a student at University of Houston. He is an ISA Featured Blogger and is currently studying abroad with ISA in Tokyo, Japan.

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