The SkyTree

The name SkyTree certainly conjures up a great image in the mind. A tree that lives in the sky. Sounds poetic and perfectly describes this Tokyo destination.

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Unfortunately, for this trip we were not allowed to go to the top because of bad weather (high wind) yet when I checked the website that morning it said it would be open…oh well, those are the breaks. It just means that I will need to make another trip to Tokyo and finally see the city from a different perspective.

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It’s a very impressive structure that sticks out amid the urban sprawl of apartments and offices. And as we stood from the base and looked up we realized just how massive the structure is and the amount of planning and engineering involved in the making of this observation deck.

After we walked around the base and took in as much as we could we walked around the mall that surrounded the SkyTree. At the base, where tour groups and buses gather, there is an art installation that is part hand-painted mural and part digital. It depicts Tokyo in a compressed and condensed manner that highlights just how compact the city is while also having fun with technology that has become a part of the city’s identity. The digital portion of the mural animates the citizens of Tokyo and how they go about their daily lives in a fun and cartoony way.

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After taking in this fun piece of art it was time to head on out since the tower was not going to be opening until much later that night and we had things to do and places to see.

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