“Orange Girders” : Tokyo, 20th March 2012
Tokyo Tower, aged and outdated, but still iconic and wonderfully photogenic even at close quarters…
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“Tokyo Sky Tree” : Tokyo, March 17th 2012
What you see here, caught in the evening just after sundown, is the tallest tower in the world – the 634m high Tokyo Sky Tree.
It looks pretty cool, but also evil somehow – and when I visited it wasn’t yet open to receive visitors.
This replaces an earlier icon, Tokyo Tower, which will feature in subsequent photos. Tokyo Tower is basically just a crappy copy of the Eiffel Tower dating from the 50′s, which although quite charming in many ways, is certainly looking a little worn.
Do we need an enormous tower in this most earthquake-prone of cities which is expected to be hit by The Big One any minute?
Well, maybe not, but at least they chose a rather run-down neighbourhood in which to build it and its attendant shopping centres and facilities, which are sure to revitalise the area.
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