Tokyo Tower / October 13, 2006

Tokyo Tower is a tower (duh!) in Shiba Park, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan. It is 333 m (1093 ft) tall, making it the world's highest self-supporting steel tower, and the tallest structure in Tokyo.

The design is based on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Despite being 9 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower (33 if the latter's TV antenna is not included), Tokyo Tower only weighs about 4,000 tons, whereas the Eiffel Tower weighs about 10,100 tons.

It is painted in white and international orange according to air safety regulations. From dusk to 12 PM, the tower is brilliantly illuminated in orange. The lighting is occasionally changed for special events; for the Japan premiere of The Matrix, for instance, the Tower was lit in neon green.

As it is mainly surrounded by low-rise buildings, Tokyo Tower can be seen from many points in the central wards of Tokyo, such as Roppongi Hills, Tokyo Bay, the east gardens of the Imperial Palace, and the southern promenade of Shinjuku Station.

Tokyo Tower is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers. (They have yearly meetings where they go out for dinner and socializing).

The brief introductory notes were copy-pasted from Wikipedia (though a couple of the parentheses are mine, guess which) because I need to get some sleep and I can't be bothered writing about some stupid tower at 5 AM. Maybe I shouldn't include any words in the future?