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.
photo: Tokyo sky tree by yuki_september