Tokyo Skytree, the tallest tower in the world, opened to the public Tuesday. Tokyo's new landmark in Sumida Ward opened after construction began three years and 10 months ago, finishing with a height of 634 meters, and surviving the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11 last year.
The tower did not suffer any damage from the disaster and became a symbol of hope to many Japanese people, including survivors in the devastated areas throughout Tohoku.
Tokyo Skytree will become the new broadcasting tower for transmitting television and radio waves, taking over from the 333-meter-high Tokyo Tower, which was constructed during the nation's period of rapid economic growth.
A commercial complex at the foot of the tower, Tokyo Solamachi, also opened Tuesday. The flow of people within the capital is expected to change due to the tower and the complex, which are expected to draw huge crowds near the heart of Tokyo. They are also expected to help Japan attract more overseas tourists.
The government of Japan has bestowed one of that nation's highest honors on a Japanese-American, a former U.S. Soldier and World War II veteran, for his work furthering relationships between the Japanese and Americans. (army.mil )
This Monday, members of the seminal metal band X Japan were in Odaiba rubbing shoulders with the likes of Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga and AKB48′s Yuko Oshima. The catch? They were all made out of wax. (Japan Times )