On May 22, 2012, the new Japanese tower, “Tokyo Skytree”, opened. It is located east of Tokyo, near a famous tourist spot, Asakusa. The height of this tower is around 634m, and it is the tallest free-standing broadcasting tower in the world.
The construction of this tower started in July 2008. When the Tohoku
earthquake struck Japan on March 11th, 2011, it was still under construction. Fortunately, it was not affected by the earthquake and everyone who was working there was safe.
The Tokyo Skytree is now a new famous tourist spot in Tokyo. It has
observation decks at 350m and 450m and the tickets for them are already sold out by advanced reservation until July 10th. Normal tickets will be sold
starting July 11th. Many people are hoping to go up the observation deck, where they will be able to snag a beautiful view of Tokyo's skyline.
Aside from the Tokyo Skytree being a broadcasting tower and a tourist attraction, it is also a shopping mall. During the first 5 days after the opening, already more than 1,000,000 people have visited the site.
Although Japan has experienced many difficulties since the earthquake, many believe the opening of the Tokyo Skytree is a sign of hope. The architects hope this tower will boast morale and return happiness and pride back to the Japanese public.