Tokyo at night is one of the best cities in the world to photograph. The shot above is from my hotel room window last year. So I apologize for a bit of window dirt/noise. The new Tokyo Tower is due to open in May, so this old one will turn quiet…not sure what the future holds?
Some info from the web: In the postwar boom of the 1950s, Japan was looking for a monument to symbolize its ascendancy as a global economic powerhouse. Looking to the Occident for inspiration, the Tokyo Government decided to erect its own Eiffel Tower. It was completed by the Takenaka Corporation in 1958 at a total cost of ¥2.8 billion. At the time it was built it was the tallest structure in Tokyo, but it has since been superseded by several buildings in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro districts. Although it chiefly functions as a radio and television broadcasting antenna, the Tower is best known as a tourist destination, though it is decried by some as overpriced and inconveniently located, and as having poor amenities.
Here is my second shot of the Tokyo Tower in infrared. So cool. It look like a model to me. Maybe something from a Godzilla movie? I’ll admit, I love those Godzilla movies. Tough to beat Godzilla vs. King Kong. I love visiting Japan. One of my favorite things is to turn on the TV when getting ready in the AM and listening to the morning news shows (like the Today Show). When they go to commercials…they are so colorful and happy! It gets you hooked. Occasionally you will see a US Star in a commercial…I have seen Brad Pitt and Madonna in some…speaking Japanese! The food is great in Tokyo and the people are so very nice! Such a different place compared to any US city. If you can ever visit…you will love it! Sayonara!!
Here is the Tokyo Tower in HDR via Fisheye. As my hotel was a 5 minute walk from here…I woke up early in the AM for sunrise and wanted to catch some shots of the tower. It is an interesting place. Not perfect for close up photography…at the base of the tower is this building. Kinda odd! I shot it for about an hour…walked around on all sides and tried to catch some cool angles. Very tough! It was cloudy this morning and early AM they still have the tower lit up partially…so a semi bonus there! You can buy tickets to the viewing deck…if I can recall $21.00! Ouch! …its not that high! I think Godzilla may be taller! =)
This shot was taken a week ago today. Amazingly from the window in my hotel room! I stayed at the Tokyo Prince Hotel. As you can tell it is right next to the tower. I have been to Japan many many times, but unfortunately my work comes first and I rarely get time to see Japan with my camera. I had a nite before my flight left to stay anywhere. I had seen the tower bunches of times heading back to the airport, but never have seen it up close. So I asked to stay near it and they booked me into this perfect hotel! When I checked in…I always ask for a high floor with a view! Most of the time I get lucky!
On our way to the hotel my co-workers told me that there is a new tower being constructed. It will be called the Tokyo Sky Tree. Here is some inof on the new tower from the web: The Tokyo Sky Tree (東京スカイツリー Tōkyō Sukai Tsurī) (originally referred to as New Tokyo Tower) is a broadcasting tower under construction in the Narihirabashi/Oshiage area of Sumida war in Tokyo, Japan. As of 29 March 2010 it is the tallest artificial structure in Japan.When completed, the tower will have a height of 634.00 m (2,080 ft). The present Tokyo Tower (333 m) is not tall enough to give complete digital terrestrial television broadcasting coverage, due to the construction of many nearby high-rise buildings in the central part of the Tokyo Metropolis. The project is being led by Tobu Railway and a group of six terrestrial broadcasters (headed by public broadcaster NHK). Construction of the tower is scheduled to be completed by December 2011, with public opening from spring 2012. The completed structure will be the highlight of a massive commercial development around Oshiage Station. Check out a computer generated photo of the new tower here.. Tokyo Sky Tree Looks beautiful!