Japan: Tsutenkaku

360° panorama by Haruka Suzuki.
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Tsutenkaku is a symbol of Osaka that has appeared in many movies. It was built in 1912 as the symbol of Shin-Sekai (a new world). Its concept was very typical of Osaka: build a steel tower that looks like Eifel Tower on a building designed in the image of the Arch of Triumph. With a height of 64 m, it was the tallest structure in the East Asia at the time and named Tsutenkaku, meaning "Building leading to heaven," by Fujisawa Nangaku, a Confucian in the early Meiji period. Later it was dismantled after a fire but reconstructed at the request of citizens. At 103 m, the new Tsutenkaku is 39 m higher than the original. In 2007, it was registered as a tangible cultural property of Japan.

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