Capitalizing on the popularity of the just opened Tokyo Skytree, a park in neighboring Taito Ward across the Sumida River has started lighting up a tower of its own, albeit a much smaller version.
The Illumination Tower and "ukiyo-e andon" (woodblock print lamps) in Taito Ward's Sumidakoen park, stretching along the Sumida River, were lit up the night of May 22, the same day the 634-meter Tokyo Skytree opened to the public.
City officials planned the event so visitors can walk the 600-meter path in Sumidakoen park while enjoying a view of the illuminated Tokyo Skytree on the opposite side of the river.
The Illumination Tower stands just 5 meters, a mere fraction of Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest free-standing tower. Sumidakoen park also features some 260 ukiyo-e andon lamps, each about 30 centimeters high and illustrated with Tokyo landmarks such as Ueno and Asakusa.
"Wow, it's so beautiful," said one young person taking photos at the park on May 23.
The lllumination Tower and ukiyo-e lamps at the Taito Ward park will be lit up from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. through June 30.
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