Tokyo SkyTree

Tokyo SkyTree (Tōkyō sukaitsurī : 東京スカイツリー) is the tallest man-made structure in Japan located in Sumida, Tokyo. It is a broadcasting tower with a restaurant, cafe and two observation decks. The height of this tower is 634 metres (2,080 ft) making it the tallest tower in the world and second tallest structure in the world after Burj Khalifa (829.8 metres) for overall category. It has been completed in March 2011 with total cost about JPY ¥65,000,000,000 (USD $636,155,000 or RM2,096,510,000). This tower has seismic proofing which is an earthquake-resistance system known as Shimbashira-Seishin (Center Column Vibration Control) to prevent the tower from collapse during certain magnitudes of earthquake. The design is the combination between neo-futuristic design and a fusion traditional Japanese beauty. The exterior is painted in bluish white color refered to as ‘SKYTREE White’. It is representing harmony with the surrounding scenery. When looking up at the tower from the ground, Tokyo SkyTree is very noticeable landmark because of its significant size and presence against the blue sky in downtown Tokyo. At night, it is illuminated using LED lights makes it looks extremely beautiful and lively.

Tokyo SkyTree
Tokyo SkyTree with Christmas tree.

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Takeshita Street, Harajuku

Takeshita Street (Takeshita Dori : 竹下通り) is one of the most famous pedestrian malls in Tokyo. It is a 350 meters long pedestrian-only street lined with storefronts. Automobiles are not allowed to enter this street. Takeshita Street is located in Harajuku (原宿) in Tokyo, Japan. This place is quite popular among young teenagers to show off their latest fashion. This street will become very crowded during weekends and holidays.

Besides fashion, this place is also quite popular with their street food called Coned-shaped Japanese Crêpes. It is a type of very thin pancake wrapped together with whipped cream and other fillings such as creme caramel, brownie, cheesecake and strawberries. The taste is quite unique and delicious. It is easy to eat while you walk. The price is around JPY ¥500 (USD $4.80 or RM16.00) for each Crêpe. There are several takeaway food stalls selling Crêpes along this street. You should not miss to try this dessert.

Takeshita Street
Takeshita Street (Takeshita Dori) in Harajuku in Tokyo, Japan.

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