Thirty-six views of Tokyo Tower 東京タワー三十六景

Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji 富嶽三十六景 is a series of large, color woodblock prints by the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾 北斎.  Its most famous image, The Great Wave off Kanagawa 神奈川沖浪裏 is known throughout the world.  This blog entry, Thirty-six Views of Tokyo Tower 東京タワー三十六景,  will not become known throughout the world, but it is in color!

Tokyo Tower was completed in 1958 during Japan’s post-war reconstruction; its height, bright color, and role in broadcasting television to millions was emblematic of the direction Japan was headed and is a strong symbol of Showa-era nostalgia.  Even as the city has grown up around it, Tokyo Tower maintains a magnetic pull on people’s hearts and eyes.  Here are 36 decidedly non-professional pictures of Tokyo’s most famous (and favorite) structure.

[The picture of the destroyed Tokyo Tower is a scale model from the 2012 exhibit, TOKUSATSU: Special Effects Museum-Craftsmanship of Showa and Heisei Eras Seen Through Miniatures at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT)]

The below include Hamarikyu Gardens, the open area in front of the Imperial Palace, and the American Club (behind the Russian Embassy).

 

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