Magical Surprise With Hayao Miyazaki Clock At Nippon Television Tower In Tokyo, Japan 东京日本电视台塔, 遊宫崎骏大时计
If you are in Tokyo or about to visit Tokyo, you might be a little tired of only hearing about historical tourist spots like temples and shrines and famous shopping areas. If you want to try something a little different (that you don't have to pay for), you can try visiting a Japanese TV station, i.e the Nippon Television Tower. The NTV building has a funky clock motif on its exterior, designed by anime movie director Hayao Miyazaki. This is a cannot miss big clock (a glockenspiel as it has mechanical animations) in Tokyo. It is also the largest animated clock in the world. The attention to detail on the clock is amazing. The copper clock springs to life every few hours, playing music and a special clockwork sequence. Clockwork people appear out of doors and get to work with hammering anvils and such.
The clock was completed in December 2006 after a design period of over four years.
The clock rings at noon, 3 pm, 6 pm and 8 pm Monday through Friday and at 10 am, noon 3 pm, 6 pm and 8 pm on the weekends. The clock begins its ringing sequence 2 minutes and 45 seconds before the time scheduled.
It was nearly noon, and almost time for the clock to come alive. As the second hand passed the Roman numeral nine at four minutes till noon, I heard a ding.
Suddenly to the left of the face of the clock, a humanoid with a bell for a head walked out of the darkness and looked around. The clock lit up and windows and doors opened and closed. Other humanoids hammered and rowed as if they were giving the clock the power to move. The dials of the clock started spinning as music played. The giant talons holding orbs moved about. For three minutes and forty-five seconds, I watched as the tiniest part moved. There was such attention to detail. I was certainly in awe.
The enormous copper clock has extensive animations timed to music including firing steam cannon, moving figures, and moving legs like Howl's Moving Castle.
I couldn’t imagine the time, energy, and talent required to construct such a thing. I was truly amazed.
前年去过捷克布拉格的整点报时的天文钟，和日本宫崎骏设计的大钟表演，感觉差不多, 不过宫崎骏大钟表演上比较特别，就好像那部卡通霍尔的移动城堡的真实版上演，在你的面前!时钟的指针会不段的转ㄚ转！总共有 32 个人偶机关会出来跳舞，天马行空的概念，这样的梦幻及童真在这些商业大楼中格外珍贵。
The clock at NTV Building is in the Shiodome area near Ginza and is accessible by a connecting footbridge from Shimbashi Station via Yurikamome Line Station. If you arrive at Shimbashi Station, it's probably easier to go back in to the station and follow direction to Shiodome in the station.
Parts of the NTV building are see-through, and some studios are surrounded by glass so that fans or visitors can be a part of the broadcast from the outside. If you’re lucky, you might be able to be part of a show taping if you arrive at the right time.
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