Sunday, 4 March 2012

Reflections

of the Tokyo Sky Tree while we were meandering around; walking from Asakusa to Kinshicho one fine day last year. You can truly view Tokyo Sky Tree from everywhere and at all angles in Asakusa!
Tokyo Sky Tree stands almost twice as tall as Tokyo Tower, a measly 333 metres in height compared to Sky Tree's 634 metres.
Tokyo Sky Tree will replace Tokyo Tower's role of the signal broadcasting tower. The increase of high-rise buildings makes it essential to have a tower that is taller and in 2006, broadcasting firms agreed that a tower that is more than 600 metres high is needed. Constructed one such tower they did and now - Tokyo Sky Tree dominates the landscape. :)
The Tokyo Sky Tree was capped at 634 metres because the Japanese syllables for 6 (mu), 3 (sa) and 4 (shi) spell out Musashi which was the old name of the district the tower stands. The Musashi district was once ranged from modern day Tokyo to Saitama and parts of north-eastern Kanagawa.

Walk around the neighbouring area where the Sky Tree stands and you will be spoiled for choice for Sky Trees inspired goods and food with the Sky Tree theme. 

By the time we return to Japan for our 9th trip (8th for Raimie) in 2014, it will be 2 years after the Sky Tree opens its door to the public. I hope it'll be easier to get in compared to the first few months; from May 22nd - July 10th. 

Can I say I will be so jealous to the folks over in Tokyo who will be among the first to enjoy the view from the Sky Tree? By the way, Rurousha - you are putting your name in the lottery? Be "kiasu" and make sure you are amongst the first few! ;)

I'll be pacing myself with my Sky Tree photos so the next post on the Sky Tree will be on the special day - on May 22nd!

36 comments:

  1. It is not easy to shoot reflections but you achieved three different results on one topic. Great. You are very creative.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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    1. Can't take credit for the photos this time. Those are my husband handiwork. :)

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  2. Have yet to climb the Sky Tree... the view up there must be something...

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    1. The observatory will be open on May 22nd. WIll you join the crowd then, Lrong? :)

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  3. This is definitely better than autu ...

    No. Wait. It's definitely just as good as autumn photos! ^^

    I haven't reserved a ticket. I think it will be rib-crackingly packed when it opens. Then again, it might remain bedlam for ever, because it's really gripped people's imagination. I'll walk there and I'll probably visit the center, but I won't go up till next winter, when the air is clear and you can see forever. Ha! See? Patience is possible! :D

    PS: I actually plan on finally going up Tokyo Tower once Sky Tree has opened. Shorter queues, lah! Patience has its limits.

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    1. Why are talking about winter when Spring is only just approaching. That's like a million years from now!!!???!!!

      Tokyo Tower - poor tower. I wonder whether the masses will remember this tower once Sky Tree opens.

      I went up Tokyo Tower once and both Zaini & I agreed that the tower is best enjoyed viewed from far and not while standing in it. xD I dunno why but the tower felt.... OLD and dinky.

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    2. It's called Long-Term Planning. Japan is supposed to be very good at that, so I thought I'd practice a bit. As an African, though, I have no concept of time, so don't blame me if I go up in the middle of the rainy season.

      Jaaa, Tokyo Tower is a bit old, but it *is* a landmark. I feel morally obliged to go. :D

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    3. By the way, you should have seen the mascot right? Tokyo Tower mascot reminds me of a certain "family planning" device that guys put on. ;p

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    4. Grin! Good comparison! I have to admit, though, I think Sky Tree's mascot is one of the awfullest I've ever seen. Weird star-shaped thing with psychotic eyes and a sickly grin. She's called Sorakara-chan. Ugh.

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    5. What an original name. NOT! xD

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  4. When do you think the French Spiderman will challenge this tower huh?
    He got saman climbing Petronas right?
    Poor chap.

    Orang Perancis suka show off? ;)
    Like Singaporeans huh?
    But we Malaysians also same.
    See we tried to compete with others to build the world's tallest building.

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    1. Maybe we'll see him scaling the tower soon! Who knows right? I wonder how the Japanese would feel about him. ;p

      Aiyah! Everyone also likes to show off. Chinese people also the same what.

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  5. Must be hard to avoid in Tokyo and is sure to become an icon of Tokyo :)

    Japan Australia

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  6. Wow pixz ada style ni love the reflections.

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    1. My hubby got style taking photos. :)

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  7. Nice reflection photos of Tokyo Sky Tree.

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    1. Thank Minor. Zaini took these photos. :)

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  8. Nice shoot!
    I want to go to the highest place (in Japan except Mt.Fuji ^^;)!,
    but I would go there after one year of the opening day or later.
    First several months might be the place which is for watching people.
    So I want Tokyo people to go there by the end of the first year. haha
    2014 is good choice for going to the sky.
    in Autumn... Hmm, I forgot if there is the blue sky in Tokyo. ^^;

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    1. I guess going after the first few months (or years?) would be better for visitors. Like you said, let Tokyo people to there and enjoy the tower first. :)

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  9. China men lagi teruk lah.
    No money also want to show off. ;)
    See how much money they spent on 2008 Olympics.
    Torch relay - worldwide one.
    London punya, cuma UK saja lah.
    What to do, economy bad mah!

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    1. Global standard mah!

      Anyways, you've read about their high-speed trains crashes? Scary.@.@

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    2. Ha ha... No need standard.
      Just try your best lah.
      Standard too high, pressure also high one.
      Must not do like that.
      If school kids cannot get No 1 in class, no problem.
      Bill Gates, Steve Jobs never got to finish uni some more.

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    3. Where got standard, if follow normal standard only. Everything must be bigger and better!

      Bill Gates & Steve Jobs never finish Uni but they are driven and very focused in their pursuit of greatness. Not everyone can do that.

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  10. Dejavu. I think I have seen these photos before? Or am I mistaken?

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    1. Good memory. You saw similar photos before. :)

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  11. These photos are really great! I never thought to look for the Sky Tree's reflection in buildings. It's a little scary to me how tall the Sky Tree is -- I live two prefectures over, and on clear days, from a local mountain, you can see the Sky Tree, along with Mt. Fuji.

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    1. Wow! So the view of both the mountain and the tower would be so clear come winter time too!

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  12. I love that you have already planned your next trip to Japan! It's good to have something to work towards
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    1. Not much of a plan though - just the year we are visiting and the island we will be going. ;)

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  13. I love the reflection on the second picture. The tower has been transformed into an art sculpture! Amazing! :D

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  14. love the reflections. you're darn hardworking walking around for those pics! *applaud*

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    1. We weren't exactly walking around for a pic. We got these while walking around the neighbourhood and for me to recce a running route. ^^

      It was a bonus to find these photo op, doing the walk. :P

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  15. Oh, so I see you have decided to have another trip to Japan, even though it has to wait till 2014. I love the reflections in other buildings, that always looks so cool to me.

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    1. Yup, the year for another visit has been decided. Now - time to save a lot of $$$ for that trip! :)

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