53.3% built

7 Apr

Yesterday was the last day of my kids’ spring vacation. And in Japan, after spring holidays the new school starts in early April.

So, today will be my daughters’ first day in the next grade. My oldest is starting 高校2年 (11th grade), my second daughter will begin 高校1年 (10th grade), and my youngest is now in 中学校2年 (8th grade).

They grow up so fast!

As I said, my second daughter is starting 高校1年 (10th grade). It’s the equivalent to tenth grade in America…but a literal translation would be “high school year 1” because it’s the first year of high school in Japan.

So today is her 高校入学式 (High School Entrance Ceremony).

Last year at this time my oldest daughter had her 高校入学式 (High School Entrance Ceremony) on the same day that my youngest had her 中学校入学式 (Junior High School Entrance Ceremony).
So last year, I went to our oldest daughter’s ceremony and my wife went to our youngest’s ceremony (Click here to read the post I wrote about that day).

But today, both my wife and I will be attending our second daughter’s 高校入学式 (High School Entrance Ceremony).

おめでとう (Congratulations) to her!


I titled this post “53.3% built” because the Tokyo Sky Tree is now standing at 338 meters (about 1,109 feet) tall.

That makes it taller than the 333 meter tall Tokyo Tower and the tallest structure in Japan.

When it’s completed in late 2011, it will stand 634 meters (about 2,080 feet)…which will make it the world’s tallest tower.

338 meters is 53.3% of 634 meters…hence this post’s title.

I went by the Tokyo Sky Tree yesterday, so here are some of the photos I took (as with all the photos on my blog, click on them to enlarge):

When completed, the Tokyo Sky Tree will be about twice as tall as it is now!

I held my camera diagonally for this shot.

6 Responses to “53.3% built”

  1. sixmats April 9, 2010 at 9:10 pm #

    I like the way you framed the last picture.


    • tokyo5 April 9, 2010 at 9:17 pm #

      You like the frame…not the actual photo? 😉


  2. mike April 8, 2010 at 10:14 am #

    Wow, that will be pretty tall.


    • tokyo5 April 8, 2010 at 12:25 pm #

      Yes, very tall! It’s gonna give quite a “bird’s eye” view of Tokyo from it’s observatory when it’s done being built.


  3. bartman905 April 7, 2010 at 5:26 pm #

    You really like the Tokyo Sky Tree – this is your 3rd or 4th post on the subject.

    We went to Asakusa last weekend so I finally saw it in person and took several pictures, I need to write a blog post about this soon … maybe I’ll just copy yours 😛


    • tokyo5 April 7, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

      >You really like the Tokyo Sky Tree – this is your 3rd or 4th post on the subject.

      Well, fifty years ago, the Tokyo skyline changed when the Tokyo Tower was built…
      and now 2009-2011 is another historic time, as the Sky Tree is being built and changing Tokyo’s skyline again.

      I’m taking many photos to document it (when I first came to Japan I didn’t take many photos at all. It was a mistake because Japan was so different in the 1990s).


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