Wednesday, May 02, 2012

NHK on Skytree Fever, Tokyo's New 2000 ft Tower and Tourist Trap

Seattle's 600 ft 1962 Space Needle gets a new 2000 ft rival in Tokyo, which previously just had a clone of the Eiffel tower as the "Tokyo Tower". If you want to go up, you'll have to get in line with online reservations on their home webpage.

Wikipedia:  Tokyo Sky Tree (東京スカイツリー Tōkyō Sukai Tsurī?), formerly known as New Tokyo Tower(新東京タワー Shin Tōkyō Tawā?), is a broadcasting, restaurant, and observation tower in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan. It became the tallest structure in Japan in 2010[1] and reached its full height of 634.0 metres (2,080 ft) in March 2011, making it the tallest tower in the world, displacing theCanton Tower,[2][3] and the second tallest structure in the world after Burj Khalifa (829.84 m/2,723 ft).

NHK takes you up the tower, with tips on how to get a picture against the tower (on the ground, or use mirrors set up by nearby shops) and Sky Tree themed waffles and onion ring towers.

Skytree Fever (NHK) see video HERE

Some Flickr pictures:

by JakiCrush
see a slideshow of his set

by  jamesjustin

Tokyo Sky Tree

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Tokyo Sky Tree

Tokyo Sky Tree under construction in March 2011
General information
TypeBroadcast, restaurant, and observation tower
LocationSumida, Tokyo, Japan
Coordinates35°42′36.5″N 139°48′39″ECoordinates35°42′36.5″N 139°48′39″E
Construction started14 July 2008
Completed29 February 2012
Opening22 May 2012
Cost40 billion JPY (440 million USD)
Antenna spire634.0 m (2,080 ft)
Roof495.0 m (1,624 ft)
Top floor450.0 m (1,476 ft)
Technical details
Design and construction
OwnerTobu Tower Sky Tree Co., Ltd.
Main contractorObayashi Corp.
ArchitectNikken Sekkei
DeveloperTobu Railway

Tokyo Sky Tree (東京スカイツリー Tōkyō Sukai Tsurī?), formerly known as New Tokyo Tower(新東京タワー Shin Tōkyō Tawā?), is a broadcasting, restaurant, and observation tower in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan. It became the tallest structure in Japan in 2010[1] and reached its full height of 634.0 metres (2,080 ft) in March 2011, making it the tallest tower in the world, displacing theCanton Tower, and the second tallest structure in the world after Burj Khalifa (829.84 m/2,723 ft).

Led by Tobu Railway and a group of six terrestrial broadcasters headed by NHK, the tower project forms the centrepiece of a large commercial development equidistant from Tokyo Skytree andOshiage train stations, 7 km (4.3 mi) north-east of Tokyo station. One of its main purposes is to relay television and radio broadcast signals; Tokyo's current facility, Tokyo Tower with a height of 333 m (1,093 ft), no longer gives complete digital terrestrial television broadcasting coverage because it is surrounded by many high-rise buildings. The project was completed on 29 February 2012, with the tower's public opening due on 22 May 2012.[4]


The design was published on 24 November 2006, based on the following three concepts.
  • Fusion of futuristic design and traditional beauty of Japan,
  • Catalyst for revitalization of the city,
  • Contribution to disaster prevention "Safety and Security".
The base of the tower has a structure similar to a tripod; from a height of about 350 m (1,150 ft) and above, the tower's structure is cylindrical to withstand very strong winds.[citation needed]
There are observatories at 350 m (1,150 ft) and 450 m (1,480 ft).

[edit]Earthquake resistance

The tower has seismic proofing, including a central shaft made of reinforced concrete. The main internal pillar is attached to the outer tower structure 125 meters (410 ft) above ground. From there until 375 meters (1,230 ft) the pillar is attached to the tower frame with oil dampers, which act as cushions during an earthquake. According to the designers, the dampers can absorb 50 percent of the energy from an earthquake.[5]


The exterior lattice is painted a colour officially called "Sky Tree White". This is an original colour based on a bluish white traditional Japanese colour called aijiro (藍白?).[6]


The illumination design was published on 16 October 2009. Two illumination patterns (sky blue and purple) will be used, alternating daily. The tower is illuminated using LED lights.

[edit]Naming and height

Diagram of the tallest TV towers

The cross-section of the tower forms an equilateral triangle on the ground, gradually rounding to become circular at 320 m elevation.

From October to November 2007, suggestions were collected from the general public for the name to be given to the tower. On 19 March 2008, a committee chose six final candidate names: Tokyo Edo Tower, Tokyo Sky Tree, Mirai Tree, Yumemi Yagura, Rising East Tower, and Rising Tower, with the official name to be decided in a nationwide vote. On 10 June 2008, the official name of the tower was announced as "Tokyo Sky Tree". The name received around 33,000 votes (30%) out of 110,000 cast, with the second most popular name being "Tokyo Edo Tower".[7]
The height of 634 m (2,080 ft) was selected to be easily remembered. The figures 6 (mu), 3 (sa), 4 (shi) stand for "Musashi" an old name of the region where the Tokyo Sky Tree stands.

[edit]Broadcasting use

Tokyo Sky Tree will be used as a radio/television broadcast and communications tower.

[edit]Television broadcasters

ChannelChannel nameCallsignSignal powerBroadcast area

NHK General TV / NHK G (GTV)JOAK-DTV10 kWKantō (except Ibaraki Prefecture)

NHK Educational TV / NHK E (ETV)JOAB-DTVAll Japan

Nippon Television / Nittele (NTV)JOAX-DTVAll Kantō

TV Asahi / Tele-Asa (EX)JOEX-DTV


TV Tokyo / Teleto (TX)JOTX-DTV

Fuji Television (CX)JOCX-DTV

Tokyo Metropolitan Television / Tokyo MXJOMX-DTV3 kWTokyo

[edit]FM radio broadcasters

FrequencyStation nameCallsignERPBroadcast area
81.3 MHzJ-WaveJOAV-FM44 kWTokyo


    [edit]External links

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