Blackcabbit (aka. Dionnie Takahashi) is an illustrator living in Japan. She loves drawing whimsical animal characters, as well as doing handmade crafts to beautify the world she lives in.
Last week, as part of my husband’s company day trip, we visited Tokyo Skytree (finally). The 634-meter high broadcasting tower was completed 0n February 29th 2012, and was first open to the public on May 22th that same year.
My husband is a huge fan of aerial views. I’m positive that he wants to visit ALL of the world’s tallest buildings! Unfortunately, we went on a cloudy day. Rain was threatening to pour. (Thank God for holding the rain off!) It was pointless to pay to go up to Sorakara Point, the highest observation deck of Skytree. So, we just stayed on floor 350, 345 and 340 until it was time for lunch.Despite of the poor weather condition, the crowd still flocked to the tower.
At least, the view under the glass floor was not too bad.
Since I am not so much into skyscrapers, I was glad there were a few beautiful art objects to intrigue me at the Skytree. My favorite is the Sumidagawa Digital Picture (1F Group Level) by Teamlab, a 45-meter mural with overwhelming details, with part of it animated. It depicts, in Ukiyoe style, both realistic and fictional prospects of life around the Sumida River. Really an engaging artwork!
My second favorite is a folding screen entitled Edo Hitome Zu Byobu (Bird’s Eye View of Edo), which is a replica. The original drawing was created by Keisai Kuwagata during the Edo period, based on his own imagination. Yet, it does seem as if he had drawn it from the Skytree’s deck.
The Skytree tower is only a part of a whole complex, which includes business offices, an aquarium, a planetarium, ice-skating ring…and of course, many stores and restaurants.Since we travelled with a group, we had limited time, so we did not see much of the shopping area. Matane (see you again), Tokyo Skytree Town!