The Appeal of Tokyo for Masumi Kuwata
When I first came to Tokyo when I was 18, I was surprised by the highway that slips between buildings, and the rail network that spreads through Tokyo. In the U.S. and Europe, I think there is nothing so spectacular.
While urbanization has progressed so much, its unexpectedly large number of parks is another charm of Tokyo. When I was an athlete, and I felt totally humiliated when we lost a game, I would hate to go straight home. I would often go to a park, where I would do things like relaxing and looking at the moon.
But recently, I guess for safety, it is a pity that there are many places where even playing catch has become prohibited. When we were kids, playing baseball in the park was normal. As a baseball person, I would like there to be places where people can easily play baseball.
In the States., they build arenas and stadiums in harmony with the city, and that really impressed me. In Tokyo, for example, it might be good to try to build a baseball stadium where people can enjoy the landscape of skyscrapers lining up outside. By creating a stadium that makes people think "I want to play there," I think the population of athletes will increase.