Airplanes at Itami Airport
One of my favourite childhood memories is of going to the airport with my father. We would go there sometimes on the weekends to watch the airplanes takeoff and land. I remember being very excited when he would tell me where we were going.
As the planes landed, I would always wonder who was on it and why they were coming to visit. When they would take off, I would once again wonder who was on it and where they were going. I would also sometimes imagine that I was on the plane and would think about the ground falling away it climbed higher into the air. My first time flying was so exciting and I wondered if there was anyone watching me take off.
Reliving Childhood Memories
This past weekend, I went to Itami airport to watch the planes. It was my first time to do so in Japan. Back in Toronto I had gone many times. I was surprised to see that there were so many people at Itami enjoying the events. It was more surprising to see that some of them had detailed information on their Ipads of which planes were coming in to land. I guess the times have changed because my dad and I didn’t have access to information like that.
Even with the changing times, one thing that has not changed is my love of watching planes. Being there brought back many happy memories from my childhood. I was especially glad to see families there as well. The children were excited to see the big jets land. I don’t have any children yet, but when I do, I plan to take them to the airport to watch the planes. Hopefully when they are older, they too will look back on those days with happiness and remember the innocence of childhood.
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Al Bartle says
I think that all kids like to watch airplanes. The Itami airport is almost in the middle of the city. As such it makes the airport very accessible for families. It will be interesting to see how the role of the airport changes when the linear motorcar or maglev train finally makes its way to Osaka. Still, I think that the Itami airport will be important for many years to come.