The Tokyo Sky Tree, the tallest TV tower on the planet, and its related commercial facilities have finally opened on May 22nd, 2012. You need to have advance tickets to climb the tower's two observation decks, however, it is now difficult to get ones. But don't worry, you can at least enjoy the facilities without reservations.
Solamachi, one of the facilities, is a shopping complex which houses 312 shops and restaurants inside. You can get various things there including fancy souvenirs of the new landmark of the capital. Its English name, that means "Sky Town", should be "Soramachi" in the romaji method, the application of the Latin script to write Japanese. Why did they adopt the spelling "Solamachi" officially although we Japanese generally don't pronounce the sound of "L" correctly? Maybe it is a kind of pun. The letters "Solamachi" could remind you of the word "solar". The complex has solar panels to generate power on its roof, and the tower is like a giant tree rising to the sun.
Solamachi, Shopping Complex at the Foot of the Tokyo Sky Tree [iPhone 4S/HD]
- Shot in 1080p full HD with an iPhone 4S on May 23rd, 2012