Tokyo Sky Tree, the world’s tallest free-standing tower, brightened the night in the nation's capital on April 19 with lights of blue and purple.
Tobu Tower Sky Tree Co., the operator of the 634-meter tower in Sumida Ward, lit up all 1,995 light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to conduct tests before Sky Tree's public opening on May 22. It was the first time the tower was fully illuminated.
Tokyo Sky Tree has two alternating lighting systems, respectively named Iki (chic) and Miyabi (elegance) after the spirit of the Edo Period (1603-1867).
The blue pattern, Iki, was inspired by the nearby Sumidagawa river, and the purple pattern, Miyabi, represents elegance and refinement in a shade known as Edomurasaki. After the tower officially opens to the public, the two patterns will run on alternating nights, one night blue, the next night purple.
On April 19, the two patterns of lighting were repeatedly tested to confirm the colors and light intensity.
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