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Tokyo - The ‘Golden Turd’ and the Tokyo Skytree

The picture is taken at the western bank of the Sumidagawa River in Asakusa near the Azumabashi Bridge and shows the ‘Golden Turd’ which is more formally known as the ‘Flame of Gold’.
On the background you see the Tokyo Skytree in Sumida.

The golden flame tops a black building that represents a beer glass. The building just left of it resembles a giant beer jug with a foam shaped white roof. (Honestly, I think you do need some fantasy).
These buildings are the Asahi Beer Headquarters in Tokyo. Asahi is one of Japan’s biggest beverage companies and this is the location where Asahi started brewing beer 100 years earlier.

The Tokyo Skytree is the primary television and radio broadcast site for the Kantō region in Japan.
It became the tallest structure in the country in 2010 and reached its full height of 634 meters in March 2011.
There are two observation decks at 350 and 450 meters above the ground.
The Tokyo Skytree has seismic proofing.

Takero advised me to visit the tower as early as possible in the day and he was right.
Firstly in the morning the sun is in a good position. But above all, the tower is visited by crowds of tourists and the queues are slightly smaller at the opening time.
The entrance ticket wasn’t cheap but the views were astounding.

Malgo has posted a similar picture taken in 2010. But the construction of the Tokyo Skytree wasn’t completed yet then, meaning Malgo has to go back to Japan.

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