A large jovial crowd, many attired in lederhosen or dirndls, gathered outside the beer tent. All eyes were on the mountain road. Soon they shouted and pointed. Rounding a bend up in the hills marched a procession of cows and herders. Bells clanged. The crowd cheered.
We were trudging up a ski slope, snowshoes strapped to our feet. White flakes fell as we slowly inched higher and higher. The incline grew steeper. What had been fun became serious work. I even slipped backward and managed to get unattached to the tennis-racketlike foot that was supposed to make it easier to walk in snow.
Those who visit Odaiba, an artificial island in Tokyo Bay, won’t be disappointed by the 65-foot Unicorn Gundam statue unveiled there on Sept. 24. The robot, standing next to DiverCity Tokyo Plaza mall, replaced a Gundam that was recently dismantled.