TokyoStreetView: Tokyo Tower (4K VIDEO)
From the Editor:
On the tech side of our original video coverage, there's nothing better than the IREX international robotics trade show, or if cars are your thing, the DRiFTWiRED music video shot in the mountains of Tochigi is one of a kind, but we also share more contemplative, day to day slices of Japanese life. In the vein of the latter, we hope you enjoy our latest video feature, presented in beautiful 4K (don't forget to dial up the YouTube resolution!).
Too often compared to the Eiffel Tower, Tokyo Tower is in fact a big, fancy communication (TV and Radio) tower. When NHK started broadcasting TV in 1953, it quickly became clear that a large tower was needed to cover the entire region. Thus, in 1958, Tokyo Tower was constructed.
Tokyo Tower is in fact thinner than the Eiffel Tower, but 13 meters taller at 333 total. For over half a century, it was the pinnacle of Tokyo and the best place to enjoy a unique view of the region thanks to its two observation decks (at 150m and 250m).
The iconic, beautiful example of engineering withstood many major earthquakes, but unfortunately it could not withstand the march of technology and growth of the city: years ago, Tokyo Tower was deemed unsuitable for broadcasting digital TV signals across the entire metro area. As such, it now has to share the hall of fame with Tokyo Skytree, another tower with a stunning height of 634m.
Tokyo Skytree is now the world’s tallest tower and the second tallest structure.
From the Contributor:
Beautiful Japan; a Love Story.
Japan is a world apart from everything you know. It’s a place like no other, built on centuries of tradition and unrivaled attention to detail. Japan is a cultural Galapagos out of reach for many, and it often remains an untouched mystery even for the lucky few who’ve come to call it their home.
A True Contemplative Experience.
TokyoStreetView is born of a passion for life in Japan, and the series aims to offer others around the world a chance to enjoy a bias-free experience of its many wonders. Unlike other videos you may find on Japan, TokyoStreetView’s are purely contemplative: our camera(s) are your eyes and our tripod is your chair, just sit with us, relax, and let an amazing world unfold in front of you in a succession of short ~10-second sequences of RAW 4K video.
We hope our passion for this mesmerizing country will touch your heart, and, through our videos, you’ll feel some of the wonder we held from the first day we set foot on this beautiful archipelago.