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)]
Tokyo Tower on a sunny day, with the Prince Hotel in the foreground.
Tokyo Tower, with the American Club at the middle-right.
A view of Tokyo Tower, with Mt. Fuji in the background.
Tokyo Tower on a clear sunny day. Atago Green Hills office building is in the foreground.
A model of Tokyo Tower after being destroyed by monsters.
Tokyo Tower appears to be on fire during a misty night.
The very top of Tokyo Tower peaking above nearby buildings.
Tokyo Tower, as seen from Tokyo Midtown Tower.
A view of Tokyo Tower during a snow storm, with the Atago Green Hills office building in the foreground.
A view of Tokyo Tower, with the Atago Green Hills office building in the foreground.
Tokyo Tower, as seen from Onarimon Station (and Shiba Park #4), late at night.
Tokyo Tower, as seen from the street at night.
Tokyo Tower in an early-morning summer dawn haze.
Tokyo Tower in the early morning haze, from the Kamiyacho area.
Tokyo Tower in the early morning sunrise.
Tokyo Tower, as seen from Hamarikyu Gardens.
Tokyo Tower, as seen the from the streets of Roppongi.
A bright and hazy image of Tokyo Tower in the middle of the night.