On a different subject altogether, I just remembered this morning that on select weekends, my brothers and I used to sneak in to the carpark at the Azabu Tax Office in Tokyo when we were kids and roller skate to our hearts content. Mine had red wheels and I loved them. Never got into roller blading or ice skating but really had some fun on the old skates.
There was an excellent, full sized rink at Fuji Q Highland, near Mount Fuji that we went to a few times as well. Had plans to roller skate down Fuji one day but shelved them because Space Invaders was invented (mid 70's).