Tokyo sky tree by yuki_september © 2012 niall. All rights reserved.

tokyo sky tree

Tokyo Sky Tree opened last week. It’s supposed to be the tallest tower in the world and the second tallest building after Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Someone I know went up at the weekend. You can’t change your reservations even if the weather is bad.

Tokyo Tower was built in 1958. Everyone in Japan knows how tall it is: 333 metres | 1092 feet.

And everyone knows how tall Tokyo Sky Tree is too: 634 metres | 2080 feet. Because 634 in Japanese can be read as Musashi. Miyamoto Musashi was a famous sword fighter. This kind of wordplay or mnemonic technique is called goroawase. It’s very popular.

Niall

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_Sky_Tree

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_Tower

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_wordplay

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miyamoto_Musashi

photo: Tokyo sky tree by yuki_september

2 Comments

  1. niall

    Thanks Carina. Yes that’s a good point.

    Tokyo Tower is a kind of nostalgic place. I remember there is a nice small museum of trick art halfway up it.

    Maybe I’ll talk about Kenzo Tange again another time.

  2. Again a very nice post that brings me good memories, thanks a lot Niall! When I visited Tokyo in 2005, I didn’t go the Tokyo Tower up, but in the Tokyo Town Hall Tochō, which design was meant to resemble a computer chip in Shinjuku to floor 45 up to the panoramic observation deck and had a beautiful view of 360º of all the sourroundings including Mount Fuji, I have some photos.
    One thing I read about it was that the designer of the building Kenzo Tange had poor results in mathematics and physics in high school so that he had to pass entrance exams to qualify for admission to the university. So one never knows what one can achieve if one really has an aim.

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