Happy Birthday Tokyo Skytree

Reflecting on the Skytree's opening in 2012

By Manish Prabhune    - 3 min read

On May 22 in 2013 it had been exactly one year since the Tokyo Skytree, the newest and tallest attraction in Tokyo, was thrown open to the general public. The tower was under construction when the Great East Japan Earthquake struck on March 11 in 2011, but workers did continue the work unabated, and on March 18 the tower reached the full height of the 634 meters as planned.

Unfortunately I missed the inauguration day of the Tokyo Skytree in 2012 due to a business trip outside Japan, but I have been taking photographs of the city's new highlight in the skyline since then, and I am presenting a few examples here.

But first of all, this is my birthday present for the first anniversary: a short time-lapse video (best to watch in HD).

Jikkenhashi, a bridge in the silent neighborhood in Oshiage, ​just a few meters from the Tokyo Skytree, has been seeing a lot of activity since the opening, as the water flowing underneath the bridge reflects the tower beautifully. Beyond Jikkenhashi Bridge there are further small overhead bridges right up to the Kameido area from where the reflections of the Tokyo Skytree can be seen, too. If you can go there at nightfall-the light-up of the Skytree is truly spectacular.

Another area from where I have observed the beauty of the tower is in the bylanes around the Kameido Shrine, where the tower reflects in traffic mirrors, even though not its complete construction but part of it. Driving from the Oshiage area towards Kinshicho, the Tokyo Skytree keeps reflecting in your car's rear view and side mirrors—that gives a nice shot, too.

For its first anniversary, the Skytree had been dressed in 12 LED color combinations, and you were able to see the tower lit up in those colors in the nights before and after the big day on May 22. I'm pretty sure they will repeat the illumination event every year around the same time. In 2012 the illumination took place for about 4 weeks in total, starting around the 2nd week of May. So watch out for the great colors in the coming years!

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Manish Prabhune

Manish Prabhune @manish.prabhune

Travelling to various places and locations in Japan for over 14 years now, I want to share my experiences and also hear about destinations that I still have not been to in the land of the rising sun. Am a photography enthusiast and love to do slow shutter blue hour photography in Tokyo.

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