日本での一年間

January 20, 2012

Tokyo Sky Tree Rising

The Tokyo Tower (which looks rather similar to the Eiffel tower, but is slightly taller at 333 m and a different color, red) has been a symbol of Tokyo for decades. But there is a new tower coming onto the scene. It’s called the Tokyo Sky Tree and it is currently under construction near Asakusa. When completed it will be 634m tall. 634 may seem like a random number, but it’s not. One way to pronounce the numbers 6, 3, and 4 is Musashi. Musashi (武蔵の国) is the name of the ancient province that included present day Tokyo. The Sky Tree will be used as a communications tower and have two observations decks. The tower is scheduled to open in February 2012. I took the following photographs in late November 2011.

The Tokyo Sky Tree in the distance behind one of the buildings of Asakusa's Sensoji temple.

The Sky Tree next to another Asakusa landmark, the Asahi Beer HQ

It took me about 40 minutes to leisurely stroll from Asakusa to the Sky Tree.

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