Friday, 2 March 2012

A View Of A Concrete Tree

I have been somewhat remiss about celebrating the completion of Tokyo Sky Tree on Feb 29th. It was two months later than scheduled but Japan was hit by tsunami and earthquakes last year, if you remember.

Move over Canton Tower. Tokyo Sky Tree now officially towers above you at 634 metres (2,080 feet) tall. However, it  is "only" the second tallest structure in the world, beaten by the mighty Dubai's Burj Khalifa that looms at 830metres.

3 years (the construction of the Sky Tree started in July 2008), 580,000 workers and 65billion Yen later - Tokyo Sky Tree now sets to greet visitors on May 22nd.

For visitors - any thoughts of just strolling by on the day and going up to either one of the two observatory at 350metres and 450metres; admission to the observatory is only allowed with prior reservation made until July 10th in anticipation of eager rush to view it. 

Anyway, enough about dry facts and on with photos! Wooo!!!!

Tokyo Sky Tree viewed in 2010
Tokyo Sky Tree viewed in 2011

This is a "rush" post in order to placate a certain impatient individual and also to "kipas-kipas" or butter her up so that she'll post more on obscure shrines in her blog.

By the way, this is the first of (maybe) a few posts on Tokyo Sky Trees since I have like a bazillion photos of them stashed away. Be patient with me. Ooommmmmm....

And how does the Sky Tree looks like now that it's finished?  Either I go visit Japan and Tokyo again this year or I demand someone to post the latest photo of the Sky Tree in their blog. What say you? ;)

45 comments:

  1. Yay!! I'm first today!! Haha!!!

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  2. Oh, so Tokyo Sky Tree is the 2nd tallest tower in the world?

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    1. Tallest tower but second tallest structure in the world. Burj Khalifa is the tallest building. :)

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  3. Wah! Must book so many months in advance? So when are you going to go up that Sky Tree?

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    1. See whether any friendly locals want to invite me go up there or not lor... xD

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    2. Invitation accepted.

      Please advise next course of action. ;p

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    3. Buy chocolate to thank your friendly local foreigner. Then get yourself plus family (don't forget Raimie) [otherwise I ain't taking you nowhere] over here! :D

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    4. So easy to please, when it comes to chocolates. ;)

      Bring Raimie over, you say? No problemo! Now... if only I can hop on a plane right now. xD

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    5. I can bring you there for free if you want. :P Actually, I do accept donations of chocolate too, but if you can't afford the the air tickets, maybe a live stream of my visit will be okay? Might head there around December when the weather is better and less hazy. :)

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    6. A live-stream of the visit? Coolness! Can't wait! But in December? That's like ages...

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  4. I say, go Japan this year!!! Reserve your place at the Sky Tower NOW!!! LOL!

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    1. Sure. Can.

      You pay for my airtickets la. Deal? ;p

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  5. Btw, my blog has a new domain - it's now http://www.foongpc.com. Please update your links. Thanks! : )

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    1. congrats on the new domain! :)

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  6. It is so high that can be viewed at almost every corner of the street! @0@ Impressed!

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  7. Wheeee! Sky Tree!!! This is better than autumn photos! :) Where are the other bazillion photos? When do we see them?

    "Kipas-kipas! has been added to my Malay list. Nice one.

    Your buttering up has been hugely successful. I've just discovered a 33-temple Edo pilgrimage that should produce a few posts, and I'm planning a "why I love Sky Tree" post. I've been taking photos of that phallic symbol for three years! ^^

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    1. Good gawd. This woman is so hard to please. Reminds me of someone, but who? xD

      Hahaha... I put the word "fan x 2" just for you. ;)

      I'll be waiting with bated breath for the 33-Temple Edo pilgrimage (maybe I should do that route too someday), the Sky Tree and anything you are putting up in your blogs!

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    2. Hard to please? Ah, but I have the very best role model. :D

      I think it might be fun to run that Edo pilgrimage. It's 21 km, and if you do it early on a Sunday morning, for example, the streets should be relatively quiet. Here's a map. I'll wait at a coffee shop and drink hot chocolate while you run. ^^

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    3. I'm sorry but what am I supposed to do with an all Japanese map?

      It's 21km but I bet we'll spend ages on the course. I don't believe in just stopping for photos at all sites I visit. You?

      We'll bring a thermos along for all the hot choco you can drink. ;p

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    4. You look at the map and recognize the Palace and Ueno Park and the Sumida River because you've been here before, and then you can roughly see the route. :-) No?

      Errr. You're right. We might need 33 days for proper exploration and decent sidetracking. There's more to life than a photo op. ♪^^

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    5. "There's more to life than a photo op" My sentiment exactly!

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    6. You know I always run blindly in road races - even when the organiser gave out route map. Why? I cannot read map. Hence the reason I forsook Geography and opted for History when I was 16. xD

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  8. This post is dedicated to your hubby, right?
    A way to persuade him to see Sky Tree 2013, 2014, 2015... Ha ha...

    "Tak payah holiday break lah, just go" kinda gentle persuasion, right?

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    1. LC, this post is for a "Her" not "Him"! xD

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  9. Some people in neighborhood are worried about the ice falling from the tower.
    I watched the news. :)
    Anyway tons of people can't wait to climb up.

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    1. Falling bits of ice from the Tower is indeed worrying, and such fall from that height can surely be quite deadly. But I learnt that they are installing heaters and special coated glass? Those aren't working as they should? :(

      And yes, I'm sure there are many who can't wait to go up the Tower. This of course will bring many visitors to the area. :) But that too, is either a good or a bad thing, depending on how you want to view an influx of tourists (locals or foreign) to your area.

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    2. Yes, the tower installed heaters.So far the accident has never happened.We need to believe the tower company. :)

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    1. I'm quite ambivalent about going up towers, but I have to say I'm pretty excited about Sky Tree. :)

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  11. Wow! I can see the history of Tokyo sky tree by your photos! BTW, do you know why this tower is 634 meter high? 634 is pronounced Musashi by Japanese. Musashi is the formercountry name of Tokyo.

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    1. 634 = Musashi and Tokyo was once part of Musashi province. Interesting. :)

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  12. Never been to Tokyo before, is this one of the tallest towers in Asia?

    Simon

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    1. Pshhh... forget Asia. Sky Tree is the tallest self-supporting tower in the WORLD! And as mentioned in my post - the second tallest manmade structure in the WORLD after Burj Khalifa.

      Seriously, why stop at Asian level when you can do it big scale. Right?

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    2. Sorry, missed your word :)

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    3. No worries ^^
      Appreciate you visiting and commenting. :)

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  13. You seem to have read my mind. I'm going to publish a post on Tokyo Sky Tree. It's all written but I need photos and then just find a date to post it. Might go up in a few weeks, but who knows when I'll have time to post it. Till then, just chill. ;)

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    1. I'll wait till winter to chill. ;p

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  14. I have not heard about this sky tree until now. I hope you get to go up top the next time you are there.

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    1. It'll be fun to go up there. :)

      Hope I get the chance! ^^

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  15. It will be fun there really. Have you visited Luray, VA? Do explore the beautiful attractions there.

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