This is week 2 of the Big City Girl QAL and this week we are visiting Tokyo, Japan, and sewing a block inspired by The Rainbow Bridge. The pieced block is designed by Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts and she shares her tutorial and interesting information about Tokyo on her blog. Big City Girl is being hosted by Aylin and Amy, and other projects can be seen on the group Flickr page.
I am embarrassed to say, that I had never heard of The Rainbow Bridge. I haven’t had the opportunity to travel to other countries, which is why I am especially happy to be a part of this QAL. I hope to learn about other cities in the World and maybe one day actually travel to one.
Congratulations to Tokyo for winning the I.O.C. pick presented last week, for The 2020 Summer Olympics. Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe presented Tokyo’s bid as a “Safe pair of hands”, with an assurance of safety during the Summer Olympic in 2020. This will be the second time for Tokyo to host the Olympics.
Tokyo, the capital of Japan is the largest metropolitan area in the world. It was originally a small fishing village named Edo. The name was changed to Tokyo when it became The Imperial Capital in 1868. During WWII in 1944-45, half of the city was destroyed. After rebuilding it was showcased to the world during the 1964 Olympics. Tokyo is known for it’s modern and contemporary architecture.
The Rainbow Bridge is a suspension bridge and is Internationally famous for it’s modern architecture. It is 1,870 feet long and 416 feet high. The bridge was built from 1987 to 1993 and crosses Tokyo Bay, connecting Tokyo to a man-made island called Odaiba. Odaiba was built in the 1850′s and was used for defense purposes. The plan in the 1990′s was for Odaiba to be a showcase for futuristic living. Today the Island has been expanded and is now a major commercial, residential and leisure area.
After reading about Tokyo and The Rainbow Bridge I think it would be a great place to visit. I would love to walk across the bridge and enjoy the shopping and entertainment on Odaiba Island. I might even want to try a ride on the 377 foot roller coaster.
The Rainbow Bridge