The One about the Hayao Miyazaki Nittere Ohdokei Clock

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For those visiting the Shinbashi area in the Minato ward in Tokyo, the location is best known for the NTV Shiodome and Panasonic Museums, but many flock to the area for a clock.

Designed by Hayao Miyazaki and sculpted by Shachimaru Kunio, the Niterre Ohdokei Clock is located at NTV Shiodome and is a beautiful automaton clock that Studio Ghibli and steampunk fans have come to visit.

A clock which took four years to make, the copper clock is a huge undertaking.  Weighting 28 tons, 32 feet tall and 59 feet wide, one can marvel on the clock’s operations but also its craftsmanship.

From Monday through Friday, five minutes before 12:00, 15:00, 18:00, 20:00, the clock literally puts on an amazing show as we see characters come out and start moving the gears.

It’s definitely one of the wonderful things to experience in the Shimbashi area and I highly recommend coming to the area in the afternoon and evening to watch the show during the weekday.



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Dennis A. Amith