Tokyo Tower makes giant leap forward from Showa era to Skytree era
News On Japan via 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.
On December 2, adult video (AV) label Soft On Demand announced the upcoming release of a new DVD with the following enticing ad copy: “A talent that comes along once every 100 years! The beginning of a new legend!” (Tokyo Reporter)
On November 30, officers from the Shizuoka Prefectural Police arrested Hitomi Sugawara, a part-time music teacher at elementary schools in Tokyo, for appearing in an adult video (AV) uploaded to an overseas Internet site. (Tokyo Reporter)
A 43-year-old woman and other six boys and girls aged 14 to 18 years have been arrested by police in the western Japanese prefecture of Hyogo in connection with the abuse of a 15-year-old junior high school student, local press reported on Tuesday. (Global Times )
Singaporean chef Li Kwok Wing has trumped nine other chefs from around the world to clinch the gold medal in the finals of the inaugural Washoku World Challenge held in Tokyo on Sunday. (Straits Times )
Tokyo Metropolitan Police in November announced the bust of a studio for allowing photography of school girls in seductive poses. According to Shukan Jitsuwa (Dec. 19), the trade in illicit private photography is varied, with office ladies among those in the biz. (Tokyo Reporter)