The last time I went to Tokyo Tower was during the recent Tokyo Fashion Week for the GVGV show but it has been ages since I last went up to the observatories and have a view of the metropolis from the top. So when my friend Jowen decided to visit Tokyo straight from Nagoya, I immediately asked him to put Tokyo’s famous landmark on his list of places-to-visit since we couldn’t go up and buy a walk-in day ticket for the newly-opened Tokyo Sky Tree until July 11, 2012.
The Tokyo Tower was built for TV and radio broadcasting purposes during the year 1953, a time when a number of private broadcasting companies popped out and the government believed that there should be one giant transmitter to avoid over-construction of small transmitters in Tokyo. Inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris, it also served as the country’s symbol of emergence as one of the most powerful economies in the world when an economic miracle boom happened after the Second World War.
Amidst all the hype about the Tokyo Sky Tree, I still find the Tokyo Tower more beautiful. The Tokyo Tower’s design and colors are more classic and romantic than the very modern facade and colossal architecture of Sky Tree. Maybe the romanticism of the Eiffel and Paris was passed over to the famous Tokyo landmark. Maybe. It’s also worthy to share this funny comment I heard in the men’s room. I was washing my hands when I overheard someone say, “We’re peeing in the sky. Amazing!” LOL!
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Though I’m afraid of heights, I just love the view from the top.