My son Takeh is very worried about airplanes.
Recently, perhaps due to a change in flight routes, planes flying to and from Haneda Airport have started flying over our house. He is very sensitive to these small airplanes flying in the sky, and even his parents don’t notice. and points his finger at them, even though his parents don’t notice.
He has been seeing an otolaryngologist for more than a year because of otitis media, and his hearing must be worse than other people’s. Nevertheless, he is still able to hear the sound of airplanes even in the noise of the city, to look at the sky and see them, which is quite impressive.
However, sometimes he will see the air obstruction light on a tower building and point to it and say, “Airplane!” so it does not mean that his ability is perfect.
For this airplane sensitive boy, we went to Jonanjima Kaihin Park.
It is a long and narrow park with a sandy beach on the north side of Haneda Airport. It is a reclaimed land in an industrial area, so of course it is an artificially created sandy beach, but it is a rare sandy beach in Tokyo, so it is crowded with people.
It is also well known to airplane enthusiasts because Haneda Airport, Japan’s largest airport, is located nearby. Haneda Airport has four runways, and depending on the wind direction, planes may pass directly over Jonanjima before landing, creating a powerful roar.
Unfortunately, no planes passed directly over Jonanjima that day, but I was still able to watch the takeoff from runway C with great intensity.
That, my child, is the power of an airplane. What do you think?
We went to the trouble of renting a car and coming all the way here, so I want him to be impressed. I want him to be excited.
But he was not impressed at all by the airplane in front of him. It was even possible that he did not recognize the plane taking off in front of him as an airplane. Maybe he understands that airplanes are small and far away, flying in the sky and shining brightly.
Either way, it was a huge object that took off with a roaring sound. Whether it is an airplane you know or not, it is natural for a child to be excited. I am sure they are. But my child was not.
Look,” he said, “look, the plane is taking off! The plane is taking off! I pointed to the plane accelerating down the runway, but his eyes were not fixed. Even after the plane took off, his eyesight did not seem to be able to keep up with its speed.
Oh, that’s right, when the plane is close, his eyes can’t catch up with it.
I realized that this is the ability of a child who is still in his infancy.