JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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In April 2010, I went to see what the fuss was about. I can see Tokyo Sky Tree from my window at home in eastern Tokyo, so naturally I got very curious about this thing which seemed to have sprouted from nowhere.
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Tokyo Sky Tree is near Oshiage Station in Sumida Ward which is next to Asakusa.
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As soon as you get out of Oshiage Station, you can see it towering above. Already it draws many tourists to the area gawking and photographing it.
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Top of Tokyo Sky Tree so far. That's 338 meters into the air, already taller than the old Tokyo Tower's 333 meters by April 2010 when these photos were taken.
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People gawking at Tokyo Sky Tree. It's best to see it on a sunny day with the blue sky in the background. Even at 338 meters high, it is already looking something awesome.
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When the tower opens to the public in spring 2012, it will no doubt become a major tourist attraction. The sleepy neighborhood of Oshiage will transform into one of Tokyo's hottest spots.
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Bridge with gawkers. The name "Sky Tree" has also caught very easily. Easy to remember and sounds attractive. It was the most popular name voted by the public.
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It won't be just a tower for broadcasting. It will also have lookout decks and a shopping/hotel/restaurant complex adjoining it.
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The base has three legs shaped like a triangle. One side of this triangle is about 70 meters wide.
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Nikken Sekkei (日建設計) which designed Tokyo Sky Tree, also designed many other famous towers in Japan such as Tokyo Tower, Sapporo TV Tower, Nagoya TV Tower, and Kobe Port Tower. No doubt, the Tokyo Sky Tree will be their greatest creation.
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One leg of Tokyo Sky Tree. The construction is being done by Obayashi Corporation.More photos on next page (click on "2" below).
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Leg of Tokyo Sky Tree.
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Tokyo Sky Tree. Just wait till it reaches its full height of 634 meters and become Japan's tallest structure. It's gonna be more than awesome.
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Though triangular at the base, the shape gradually becomes cylindrical as it goes up. Very beautiful design.
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Hauling up materials.
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One thing though, when it snows, it may form clumps on these steel beams. When the snow melts, is it gonna fall to earth, possible hitting someone? Snow falling from the tower was observed this past winter when it snowed in Tokyo.
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Current height: 338 meters (as of April 2010).
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Shopping/hotel complex being built next to the tower.
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I hope it has a large elevator because huge crowds will be visiting this tower.
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Near the Sky Tree is this small Info Plaza where you watch a short video about the tower and panel displays.
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Dates of completing various stages of the tower.
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Model of Tokyo Sky Tree inside the Tokyo Sky Tree Info Plaza.
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Tokyo Sky Tree 東京スカイツリー
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Meanwhile, the old Tokyo Tower will lose broadcast customers and see a great drop in income.
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Tokyo Sky Tree is clearly visible from Asakusa.
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Tokyo Sky Tree as seen from Sarue Onshi Park in Koto Ward.
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Tokyo Sky Tree as seen from the air. It just stands out since there are no tall buildings around it.
   
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