Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
Dear international investors,
Tokyo Sky Tree is under construction. It is scheduled to complete in 2011. As of today, it is 126-meter tall.
The about-610-meter-tall (!) TV tower is in Oshiage of Sumida-ku which is east of famous Asakusa. Looking from Asakusa, Oshiage is over Sumida River. Oshiage is within a walking distance of popular commercial districts, such as, Asakusa, Riyogoku, and Kinshicho. Althoug it has good access to those popular sites, it is not so known among people. On the contrary, it looks underdeveloped. Very little development has occured on Oshiage for at least the last 30 years.
Oshiage consists mostly of low-rise apartment buildings and of old detached houses. There is a local shopping street, but much of the town looks so inactive. According to a local ramen maestro who has been keeping a small ramen shop for the last 33 years, Oshiage was far more populas than now with then-flourishing textile and printing businesses which have recently drained into Asian countries. Also, I have learned from the ramen maestro that Japan’s first ready-mixed concrete plant was where Tokyo Sky Tree is about 100 years ago and that it provided ready-mixed concrete to Tokyo and helped Tokyo become westernized then.