東京タワー (Tokyo Tower), built in 1958, is 333 meters tall. Taller than the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France that it was modeled after.
At the time, it dominated the Tokyo skyline. And was used as a transmission tower for Tokyo’s radio and TV stations…as well as, a popular tourist attraction.
The tower’s fifty years old this year and it’s still used as a transmission tower today (and a tourist draw, as well)…but Tokyo now has many buildings that dwarf the Tokyo Tower…and obstruct the radio and TV waves.
So, the government decided to build a taller transmission / observation tower, to be completed by December 2011 and stand at nearly 634 meters tall (2080 feet).
It will be built at 隅田川 (Sumida River), near 浅草 (Asakusa). And it will be the world’s tallest tower.
This is what it’s expected to look like:
I think it’s an awesome sight. But I really like huge towers, skyscrapers and bridges!
The only thing I don’t like about it is it’s name…
Before a final name was decided upon, it was temporarily referred to as 新東京タワー (New Tokyo Tower). That was bad enough…but the official name for the new tower is: 東京スカイツリー (Tokyo Sky Tree)!
What an unfortunate name.
Did you know that Japan’s Sumo Wrestlers went to America?
For the first time in 27 years, the top-ranking Sumo Wrestlers held matches in the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
It was reported in the Japanese news that it was very popular with the American public.
Is 相撲 (Sumo) catching on in America?
On Saturday, a new subway line will start running in Tokyo.
The 副都心線 (Fukutoshin Line) will connect Ikebukuro to Shibuya and eventually expand to go from Saitama to Yokohama.
The name of the line translates to something like “Nearly downtown”. That’s my own translation…not an official title. 副都心線 (Fukutoshin Line) is just a name of a train line, not a normal everyday expression—so it’s hard to translate.