The new Tokyo Tower Burger from Mos Burger

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Check out the new Tokyo Tower Burger from much-loved Japanese hamburger chain Mos Burger. With 14 layers of goodness, including chilli sauce and fried onion rings, this promises to be a spicy encounter as well as a heck of a mouthful.

But with Mos Burger known for its relatively small serving sizes, just how big is their latest offering? Come with us as we take you through the burger dedicated to Tokyo Tower, bite by delicious bite.

Anticipating the usual long line of people that’s synonymous with new store openings in Tokyo, we arrived at the store right at opening time. We were lucky it was 9:30am on a Friday morning because there weren’t many customers here at all!

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Deciding to forgo the cheese, we opt for the Tokyo Tower Burger, which comes served in a delightful little bucket to keep it all together.

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Unlike the towering versions we’ve seen in the past from other fast food franchises, this tower burger is significantly smaller. Still, it’s the tallest burger ever created in Mos Burger’s history.

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Mos Burger is known for quality, but its servings are notoriously small so it’s no surprise their Tower Burger is no bigger than an iPhone 5.

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It sure looks beautiful, though, and we’re impressed at how close to the promotional pics this thing is, especially after having seen some real fast food disasters in the past. As for the taste, the Tokyo Tower Burger packs a powerful punch, with the salsa flavour of the red chilli sauce dominating all the ingredients in the mouth. This is a burger we would happily have again, and its small (well, smaller) size meant we didn’t have to suffer a regret-filled belly bloat at the end of the meal!

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To celebrate the opening, we scored some special plastic file holders which were given out to a limited number of lucky customers.

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Mos Burger, with its Japanese roots and made-to-order meals, has always been one of our firm favourites. Next time you visit Tokyo Tower, be sure to swing by for a taste of their Tokyo Tower Burger because it won’t be available anywhere else!

One Piece (anime) themed amusement park due to open in Tokyo this March

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Anime and manga fans will soon have even more reason to visit the country that offers the opportunity to eat Pikachu-themed meals at the Pokémon restaurant or gaze up in awe at an 18-foot tall giant Gundam. The long-awaited world’s first One Piece amusement park will be arriving on March 13 2015 in Tokyo!

The park, called Tokyo One Piece Tower, will be located in Tokyo Tower’s Foot Town. According to Amusequest, the entertainment company responsible for planning the park, we can expect various attractions and live entertainment that can’t be experienced anywhere else, with everything based on the TV anime. There will also be restaurants and shops where you can buy limited edition goods. It sounds like it’ll be paradise for fans of the long-running manga and anime series!

Other than the planned opening date, the only other information so far is concept art for attractions relating to members of Captain Monkey D. Luffy’s Straw Hats crewChopper, Nami, Brook, Zoro, and Robin. But will there be characters other than the Straw Hats?! Surely many people will be hoping to see fan favourites such as Luffy’s brother Ace, Red-Haired Shanks, Trafalgar Law, and snake princess Boa Hancock, but as of yet there’s been no word on whether they’ll feature. Hardcore fans all have a few favorite scenes that have stayed in their hearts, and the islands that the pirate crew has landed on have all had their own unique and unforgettable charms. Hopefully some of these will also be incorporated into the complex to really bring the One Piece experience to life.

Below is some of the concept art for the attractions. We can’t wait to see what they’ll be like in reality!

▼What will you discover?! Chopper’s Thousand Sunny Expedition.

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▼Nami’s Casino House! A berry betting game.

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▼Brook’s horror house.

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▼Zoro’s sword cleaving! You’ll be able to wield Zoro’s disciplined power!

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▼Robin’s Poneglyph search.

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Tickets are on sale for pre-purchase right now. They’re sure to be in high demand, so if you’re a One Piece fan who wants to be there on opening day make sure you’re ready to snap some up!

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New “Attack on Titan” (anime) souvenir straps feature Colossal Titan at famous Japanese landmarks

 

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Attack on Titan has such a worldwide following that many visitors to Japan can’t help but keep an eye out for possible sightings of the Colossal Titan as they travel around the country. Chance encounters with the steaming giant are now more real than ever, thanks to a new series of souvenir straps featuring the hungry beast at famous locations throughout Japan.

Now you can see him dressed up as a samurai, devouring Tokyo Tower or reincarnated in the form of a giant gold Buddha. If you want the whole collection, you’ll have to do some travelling as each souvenir is limited for sale only at the local tourist hotspot it features. From Tokyo to Osaka, check out the Colossal Titan posing like you’ve never seen him before!

Visitors to Kyoto can spot the giant dressed up in the traditional garb of the Shinsengumi, a special police force active in the 1860s, who were responsible for protecting Shogunate representatives in Kyoto. Pop culture reveres the members of the Shinsengumi as brave heroes while historians view them as a murder squad with no scruples. A perfect description of a Titan.

 

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Nara is famous for the Daibutsu, or giant Buddha. There’s only room for one giant in Nara and the Colossal Titan believes it should be him. He’ll have to practice the peaceful expression of a deity though.

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Osaka is all about takoyaki, those famous doughy balls of octopus the area is famous for. If there’s a giant tentacle, he’s got a giant set of jaws to devour it.

 

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If you’ve been to Osaka then you’ll know the enormous popularity of Kuidaore Taro, the beloved drum-playing, cymbal-crashing mechanical doll that’s come to represent the famous food district. If you think the doll itself is creepy, then this shouldn’t scare you at all.

 

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It makes sense that a steaming giant would emerge from behind Japan’s most famous volcano, Mt Fuji. This would be an awesome sight in real-life but at 60 metres tall, the Colossal Titan would actually be dwarfed by the 3,776-metre high Mt Fuji.

 

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Two of Tokyo’s famous landmarks meet the monster: Asakusa Shrine and Tokyo Tower.

 

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The famous Buddha at Kamakura is either getting a rub down or about to have his head torn off.

 

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Giants need a day out at the hot springs too. In true Japanese style, the Colossal Titan chugs a bottle of milk after a soak at the onsen.

 

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There are many more straps for many more areas throughout the country. Some locations even have characters like Mikasa and Levi.

 

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From Okinawa in the south to Hokkaido in the north, the Colossal Giant has his sights set on conquering the country. And with such adorable poses we might just let him do it!

 

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Tokyo Tower lights up beautifully in Star-Spangled Banner style for President Obama

 

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Yes, President Obama has arrived in Japan (and apparently already enjoyed the legendary sushi at Sukiyabashi Jiro), and with all the buzz and tightened security accompanying his visit, it’s hard not to get a little excited. Well, it seems even one of the landmark symbols of Tokyo, the Tokyo Tower, is getting all dressed up to welcome Mr. Obama. For two nights only, the 333m (1093ft) tall tower will be illuminated in the red, white and blue colors of the American flag!

That’s right, in honor of the President’s visit, for the nights of April 22 and 23, Tokyo Tower will be lit up in bright Star-Spangled Banner colors from sundown (around 6:20pm) to midnight. Naturally, we wanted to get a look at the special red white and blue version of the tower, and take some pictures to share with you as well. We hurried off to the Tokyo City View Sky Deck in Roppongi, where we were able to take the pictures below:

 

The Sky Deck is an open observation area on the rooftop of the Mori Tower building, where you can enjoy and take pictures of the panoramic view in the open air from a height of 270m (885ft).

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It does cost 2,000yen (US$19.50) to get up on the Sky Deck (1,500 yen to get to the general observation deck on the 52nd floor and an extra 500 yen to go all the way up to the roof), but the view is absolutely breathtaking.
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We may have the new Tokyo Skytree, but Tokyo Tower is still a magnificent symbol of the capital city.
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We don’t know if President Obama will have a chance to see the specially illuminated tower, but we certainly hope he does, because it truly is a beautiful sight, and one that couldn’t hurt international relations between the U.S. and Japan. Kudos to the folks at Tokyo Tower for creating such a memorable and stylish tribute!

Source: Tokyo Tower official site via ITmedia (Japanese)

 

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Tokyo Tower displays special message ahead of Tohoku earthquake and tsunami anniversary

 

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A special message is being displayed on Tokyo Tower in memory of those lost during the March 11, 2011 earthquake and resulting tsunami, as well as to promote a sense of unity across the country.

This evening between 6:30pm and midnight, the message “kizuna tuyoku” will be displayed across one side of Tokyo Tower’s main viewing platform.

Translating literally as “bonds, strong”, the message is intended to remind Tokyoites of those in the northeast whose lives were, in many cases irreparably, altered on that fateful day, and urge them to continue to show support as we approach the disaster’s third anniversary tomorrow. (The phonetic character「つ」is sometimes written “tu” rather than “tsu” by older Japanese, though perhaps the former was chosen here for its shorter character length and visual balance.)

Almost 16,000 people lost their lives on March 11 2011, the vast majority killed by the tsunami that struck shortly after the earthquake. Tomorrow, memorial services will be held and a many people will observe a moment’s silence at 14:46, the time the quake struck.

As sad a reminder as the display is, if you’re in the Tokyo area we urge you to head over and see it for yourselves.

Source: IT Media
Photo: Tokyo Tower homepage

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A Japanese hotel room where train nerds can get action… Train Action.

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In most Japanese hotel rooms, you just sleep. In some, you might do other things. But in this Tokyo hotel you can play with toy trains.

At the Washington Hotel in Tokyo’s geek district of Akihabara, room 1304 is quite different from the rest. It’s outfitted with a diorama that has Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Skytree, and thirty meters of model train tracks!

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A Hotel Room Where Train Nerds Can Get Action. Train Action.

A Hotel Room Where Train Nerds Can Get Action. Train Action.

A Hotel Room Where Train Nerds Can Get Action. Train Action.

A Hotel Room Where Train Nerds Can Get Action. Train Action.

A Hotel Room Where Train Nerds Can Get Action. Train Action.

A Hotel Room Where Train Nerds Can Get Action. Train Action.

A Hotel Room Where Train Nerds Can Get Action. Train Action.

A Hotel Room Where Train Nerds Can Get Action. Train Action.

And if you don’t have your own train, you can borrow one from the hotel.

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Recently, website Gigazine spent the night in the room, which is the first of its kind in Japan.

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A Hotel Room Where Train Nerds Can Get Action. Train Action.

On the television, you can watch the closed circuit camera on the model train track.

According to Gigazine, one night in the model train room is 15,000 yen (around US$150).

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Why Tokyo’s Two Towers Embody Shift ‘From Modern to Postmodern’

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Asia Society: Visitors to the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics were greeted by the city’s crown jewel: the recently completed 333-meter-high Tokyo Tower. Currently, tourists ogle the 634 meter-high Tokyo Sky Tree— the second-tallest building in the world and the newest symbol of the city. With the 2020 Olympics on the horizon, audiences are becoming familiar with the two towers that will undoubtedly be featured in festivities.

The forerunner to the Sky Tree, Tokyo Tower was the tallest structure in the world when completed in 1958. Fashioned amid the heady pursuit of a sunny future, it became a tourist mecca in a city where population was soaring, infrastructure growing and business booming. Essentially, times were good — and the Tokyo Tower projected Japan‘s global ascendancy.

But, somehow, Tokyo Tower’s urban identity got stuck in the ’60s, and sustaining interest among local and international tourists became a problem. After all, with limited shopping and entertainment venues, and no other diversions nearby — after you saw the city views from its deck, what was the point of going again? The once-prized “ultramodern” façade tarnished as newer buildings sprung up throughout the ’70s and ’80s.

Meanwhile, as the Nikkei Average climbed in the ’80s, cracks and fissures in Japan’s economic and business models became apparent: the center could not sustain itself. With the death of the emperor — a figure integral to the country’s modernization struggle — in 1989, an intangible rift appeared.

It was at this junction that Tokyo Tower reentered the scene. With the economic collapse and then recession, a nostalgia wave was born as people sought reassuring icons of the past. This fad, although lessened somewhat, continues today in the form of nostalgic hot springs, theme parks, diners, movies and other tourist locales. Tokyo Tower remains prime among these — an icon of the future relegated to the past.

In 2012, Tokyo Tower’s younger brother joined the city skyline — Tokyo Sky Tree, a structure old by design. Utilizing traditional colors, dynamic lighting techniques, picturesque aesthetics and neighborhood integration, the Sky Tree serves as a culturally sustainable civic and tourism anchor. How? By simply not offering lofty visions of the future (height aside, of course). Rather, its design meets the necessities of 21st-century lifestyle patterns through targeted shopping, entertainment, public facilities such as museums, and a local community gathering spot, to name a few. All of these designs were made to match the cultural practicesand patterns of Japan.

The advent of the Sky Tree signals a subtle but meaningful shift. Achieving and subsequently showcasing modernity as mediated by Western standards can no longer be the (only) goal. Rather, at least in Japan’s case, reapplying traditions applicable to 21st-century needs creates successful, sustainable and resilient business practices for domestic and international audiences eager to experience something real. The two towers demonstrate the progression from modern to postmodern — a world where the future becomes the past.

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Tokyo company takes your stuffed animals on vacation … without you

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For the last three years, Sonoe Azuma, 38, of Unagi Travel has been organizing stuffed animal tours throughout Japan, Europe and the United States.

The upcoming November Tokyo tour for plush toys includes visits to Shibuya, historic Asakusa and Tokyo Tower. There’s also an onsen (hot spring) tour.

The cost of the Tokyo tour is $45, while the onsen trip is $55, and it’s up to the client to foot the cost of shipping their stuffed toys to Tokyo, but Unagi will cover the return flight. (Sorry, no overweight toys allowed.)

According to Unagi rules, furry friends must be lighter than 250 grams/0.55 pounds. Also, Azuma has an English-language site that accepts bookings, giving even more people the chance to travel vicariously through their cuddle toys.

Easy as it is to mock Azuma’s clients as victims of a fiberfill-fueled ruse, it seems there’s actually a therapeutic benefit to her service. According to the Japan News, one woman became reclusive after it became difficult for her to walk due to illness.

That changed after she saw the photos of her stuffed animal on one of Azuma’s tours. She worked to rehabilitate her legs and visited a neighboring prefecture for the first time in several years.

Seeing my stuffed animal traveling encouraged me,” said the woman. “I began to think that I should do what I can do, instead of lamenting over things that I can’t.

Other clients reported that seeing their toy on tour cheered them up after a family death, or inspired them to do things they normally wouldn’t. A wheelchair-restricted woman is a regular client.

If Azuma’s service gives people the courage to get out and see the world themselves, or comfort when they can’t, it’s hard to fault her for what at first seems to be a ridiculous enterprise.

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Here’s What a Thousand Zombies Attacking Tokyo Looks Like…

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On Halloween, around a thousand zombies descended on Tokyo Tower.

The zombies were comprised of beauty school students, people who dig dressing as zombies, and former sumo champ Akebono, who also might dig zombie make-up but isn’t a beauty school student. The event was part of a promotion for The Walking Dead‘s new season.

(photos courtesy of AP and photographer Shizuo Kambayashi)

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150-Gigapixels of Tokyo Panorama!

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Check out this epic 150-gigapixel 360-degree view of Tokyo!  The project was captured by photographer and 360cities.net founder Jeffery Martin, who took over 6 hours to span the scene from the roof of the lower observation deck on the Tokyo Tower.

Martin used a Canon 7D digital SLR camera, with a 400mm telephoto lens. The camera was mounted on a special “gigapixel robot” called the Clauss Rodeon. This programmable robot allowed the camera to move and shoot very quickly, so that it was possible to shoot more than one photo every second.

The image was shot from three different locations around the top of the tower, made up of a total of 10,000 images. Each section was stitched together into a panorama, and then these sections were joined together to make a single, full 360° image.

The astonishingly high resolution image scales 328 feet wide and 124 feet tall if printed out.

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