As usual, I went there by bike. The tower was conspicuous at a great distance. I could see it from 10 km away. Because I wanted to feel the punch of its existence, I got as close to it as possible. The tower was so humongous, more tremendous than I had expected. I couldn't grasp the entire structure of it from the base. It's no exaggeration to say that I was awed by the majesty of the tower.
When I got there, a TV crew was collecting news materials about the popularity of this tower, and there were crowds of curious people gathered around the construction site. One by one, the reporter asked the spectators about the impression they had of the tower, and they replied in an equable manner, "Awestruck," "fascinated," "impressed," and so on. I really agreed with what they were saying.
When the reporter asked one sunburned backpacker he said,
"I am bummed. It’s underwhelming. Far from my expectations. should not have come."
I could hardly believe my ears. It would be the symbol of Tokyo, and he looked Japanese. Why？ I didn't understand him.
"I trekked around the world and I saw AWESOME buildings such as Burj Khalifa, the Watts Towers, etc. The Tokyo Sky Tree is not so awesome. And this tower doesn't exist to the world.”
The party grew chilly．The reporter smiled obscurely, stopped interviewing him and left. She seemed to think that he had acted up in order to differentiate himself from others and push himself forward in front of the camera. So did I.
But after I came home, I had second thoughts about him. I googled Burj Khalifa and the Watts Towers. I learned about them.
All that he said might have been right.
left＊The Tokyo Sky Tree and the spectators
middle＊Burj Khalifa known as Burj Dubai prior to its inauguration, is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and the tallest man-made structure ever built, at 828 m (2,717 ft.).
right＊The Watts Towers in the Watts district of Los Angeles, California, is a collection of 17 interconnected structures, two of which reach heights of over 30 m(99 ft.). The Towers were built by Italian immigrant construction worker Sabato ("Sam" or "Simon") Rodia in his spare time over a period of 33 years, from 1921 to 1954.