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.
Tokyo Tower and nothing else:
Various views from a distance:
The view from Zōjō-ji 増上寺 temple and the Tokyo Prince Hotel, near Daimon and Onarimon stations:
A view of Tokyo Tower with Mt. Fuji looming in the distance (see: Where to see Mt. Fuji from Tokyo’s streets)
National Route 1 国道1号線, in Shiba 3-chome, Minato-ku, provides one of the most striking views of Tokyo Tower (map). This spot reminds me of (and probably is) the setting of the popular manga / movie series, “Always: Sunset on Third Street” ALWAYS 三丁目の夕日 (Always Sanchōme no Yūhi).
Here’s a scale model of a destroyed Tokyo Tower 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):
Views from my old apartment, near Onarimon and Kamiyacho stations (see also: A room with a view: Tokyo Tower)