“Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels,” she sang, “the dizzy dancing way you feel.”
--Singer, composer Joni Mitchell.
Editor’s note: The world’s tallest Ferris Wheel is currently under construction in the U.S., in the country where it was invented in 1893. To celebrate, this blog is launching a year long series of monthly posts on Ferris Wheels from around the World. We started [Pillar to Post blog July 20, 2016] in Chicago, where a 33 year old engineer George Washington Ferris invented and had built the world’s first Ferris Wheel in 1893. Each following month we’ll spotlight another Ferris Wheel somewhere else in the world. This month we’re in Japan.
At 383 feet tall, the Diamond and Flower Ferris Wheel is one of the tallest in the world and is certainly the tallest in Japan. It was built in 1989 on reclaimed land near Tokyo Disney Resort.
Built amidst Tokyo’s Kasai Rinkai Park, which is home to numerous ponds, meadows, and bird-watching areas, the wheel is named for its brilliant light shows, which are reminiscent of sparkling gems and blossoms.
The Diamond and Flower's 68 capsules can hold up to six passengers, and the ride takes a total of 17 minutes. On clear days, you might be able to see Mount Fuji and the Boso Peninsula from the top.
Near the center of the park is the Tokyo Sealife Aquarium. The aquarium's main tank has a viewing area in its center that immerses you in the middle of various species of fish including tuna, bonito and sharks. The aquarium also has good penguin and seabird exhibits.
Other Ferris Wheel postings on Pillartopost.org
July, 20, 2016—Staten Island, New York
August 17, 2016—Las Vegas
September 21, 2016— Tokyo, Japan
October 19, 2016—Nanchang, China