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Across Inokashira Avenue from Yoyogi Park, this stadium was designed by Kenzo Tange, Japan's foremost postwar architect. Built for the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games, its awesome and daring shell-like steel-suspension roofing has earned it a spot in the Japanese Ministry of Construction's Top 100 Public Structures of Japan. The stadium seats 8000 and is used for concerts, mostly rock, as well as sporting events.
The celebrated Yoyogi National Gymnasium, completed in 1964, was initially built to house diving and swimming events in the 1964 Summer Olympics. It was designed by Kenzo Tange and was rightly lauded by the Japanese people for its graceful, swooping curves and the design of its suspension roof. The stadium is now used mainly for hockey and basketball and it remains one of the city's most recognizable architectural landmarks.
A specialized but extensive collection (over 3,000 pieces) of Japanese and Chinese ceramics, the Toguri provides an opportunity to see outstanding examples of antique Nabeshima and Imari ware. Other attractions of the two-floor building are the marble staircase with inset display nooks, and a porcelain doorknob to the restroom.Set in the lovely Shoto residential area, a garden is an additional feature.
Perhaps the most famous meeting spot for people in Tokyo, this life-sized statue of a very loyal Akita dog in front of Shibuya Station commemorates a very poignant story. Hachiko used to walk with his master, Professor Ueno of the University of Tokyo, to the station each morning and home each evening. In May 1925, the professor died while at work; the dog patiently waited for his master that day, came back again the next day, and the next. For 10 years he waited for his master's return. Hachiko's stuffed body is now in the National Science Museum, Ueno.
This naturally wooded park adjoins the Meiji Jingu Shrine, and until 1996, it hosted Tokyo's amateur rock and roll bands, who strutted their stuff every Sunday. They have since moved to Omotesando, and Yoyogi Park has become quiet, and ideal for lovers and families who like to enjoy a tranquil Sunday afternoon strolling by small ponds filled with koi (Japanese carp). Rental bicycles are available within the grounds during summer.
The Moyai is not as famous as the Hachiko dog statue in front of Shibuya, but serves as a more convenient meeting spot as it is not so crowded. The huge lump of stone resembles one of the head statues from Easter Island. It was a gift from the people of Niijima Village in the Izu Islands in honor of Tokyo's hundredth year as capital of Japan. The word moyai in the dialect of Niijima Village means "work together" and sounds like "moai" from the Moai Statues of Easter Island. The statue has two heads, one more prominent than the other, and is to the southwest of the station. -AH
Harajuku is the area around Harajuku station, located between Shinjuku and Shibuya. Harajuku is known for its fashion and shopping. Take a walk down either of the main shopping streets, Omotesando and Takeshita-dōri, and you will find unique stores as well as major chains. Harajuku is also where you can see "Harajuku Girls," teenagers who dress in elaborate outfits that often resemble costumes from a movie or comic book.
The museum portion of the planetarium is arranged in a circular pattern around the show area. It consists primarily of permanent displays concentrating on myths about constellations in Japanese folklore. In Japanese legends, certain musical instruments typified individual constellations. Copies of portraits of well-known astronomers plus models of western telescopes complement the collection.