Tokyo Opens ‘Tallest Tower in the World’

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On May 22nd, the world’s tallest tower opened its doors to the public.

The 634 meter-high TOKYO SKYTREE is smaller than the Burj Khalifa skyscraper classified into a different category. The TOKYO SKYTREE Tower is accompanied by a shopping center housing 312 stores and restaurants, as well as various entertainment facilities. The tower has been built using state-of-the-art Japanese architectural expertise to protect the tower against eventual earthquakes. Takeshi Maeda, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, hopes that the construction of such a landmark will bring back tourists to Japan. Tourism has fallen in Japan due to last year’s unfortunate events.

The sound of the number ‘634’ when read in Japanese is ‘mu-sa-shi’, which reminds the people of the Musashi Province that used to cover a large area including Tokyo and its surroundings. The observation deck offers an impeccable view of the landscape of the old Musashi Province, reminding visitors of the history of their surroundings. In addition, the color was carefully thought of: the ‘SKYTREE white’ replicates the technique of traditional indigo dyers, with a drop of blue added to the white color. The tower also functions as a transmitter of digital terrestrial broadcasting, which was needed because the numerous other tall buildings over Tokyo blocked the signal.