A mystery baseball found inside a pillar near the top of Tokyo Tower has left officials at the tourist attraction scratching their heads.
The rubber ball was discovered on July 10 in the bottom section of a 37-centimeter-diameter pillar installed before the tower’s opening in December 1958.
About 6 cm in diameter, with a large crack and a partially blackened surface, the ball now has Tokyo Tower officials searching for a construction worker with a sense of humor.
Tsuyoshi Sawada, chief of Tokyo Tower’s public relations section, said the theory was the most likely explanation. The 25-meter steel cylindrical pillar has been sealed since the building of the 333-meter tower and it was impossible for the ball to get inside since then.
“People who were 20 years old when the tower was built will turn 75 when it celebrates the 55th anniversary of its opening next year,” he said. “We are looking for information from people who might know something about it.”
The pillar was replaced for the first time this summer because its top end tilted after the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011.
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