|Tokyo Sky Tree August 2011|
After years of seeing this thing slowly rise up from the nondescript neighbourhood of Oshiage, Tokyo Sky Tree finally got its debut today. All 634 m of it opened up to the public. The weather didn't cooperate too much, though, since there was a pretty steady rain dampening the proceedings, and later on the winds were strong enough to stop any elevator rides up to the higher observation deck. Still, by the end of their Tuesday, 220,000 visitors made it up and down the world's tallest tower. How? I've got no idea.
Of course, NHK gave a full half-hour to the opening. And there have been a lot of gimmicks surrounding it. One French restaurant near TST is serving a towering dish made up of chicken, rice and veggies. There is a campaign going on at a soba restaurant in which exactly 634 grams of soba noodles measuring 63.4 cm in length are being served. Kinda challenging dining.
I think it's still a proud structure down at the lakeshore, and I can honestly that I have lived in two cities that boasted the tallest free-standing structure.