Tokyo Tower makes giant leap forward from Showa era to Skytree era
Yomiuri -- Nov 17
Tokyo Tower, long a symbol of Japan's period of high-speed economic growth, will turn 54 years old next month, and is trying out new strategies to remain competitive with the shiny new pillar across town.
To deal with a dip in popularity since the opening of Tokyo Skytree in Sumida Ward, the operators of the aging tower in Minato Ward are trying to wipe out its nostalgic postwar image.
The nostalgia surrounding the tower is due in part to the 2005 hit film "Always: Sanchome no Yuhi," which depicts people's lives in the neighborhoods of Tokyo while the tower was being built.
The tower is now trying to attract more young visitors by holding events and has started to reach out more to people in the surrounding neighborhood, such as employees of nearby companies.
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