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Sky Tree now tallest structure in Japan

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Tokyo Sky Tree, a new tower under construction for terrestrial digital broadcasting, reached 338 meters Monday, surpassing Tokyo Tower and becoming the tallest structure in Japan. The new tower in Sumida Ward will be 634 meters tall when it is completed at the end of 2011. Tokyo Tower, a 333-meter radio and TV transmission tower in Minato Ward, was the country's tallest structure for 52 years. (Japan Times)
2 Japanese architects win 2010 Pritzker prize

Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa have won the 2010 Pritzker Architecture Prize, often considered the Nobel prize of architecture, for works characterized by lightness and transparency, the jury said Sunday. Sejima, 53, and Nishizawa, 44, partners in their architecture firm known as SANAA, will receive a $100,000 grant and bronze medallions at an award ceremony May 17 on Ellis Island in New York. (Kyodo)
China making anime push as Japan hits slump

Yoko Komazawa had been at the Tokyo International Anime Fair for nearly six hours when she fell in love with a brown-and-white stuffed panda -- a character in one of the fair's featured cartoons. "It's so adorable and interesting," she said, staring into its gleaming pink eyes. "I want it." Unfortunately, the panda wasn't for sale and Komazawa had to settle for a photo. But she walked away from the small booth impressed by the panda's creators -- from China. (Mainichi)
Geisha offer vacationers lessons to keep age-old profession alive

Thirty years ago, the hot-spring resort city of Awara in Fukui Prefecture, along the Sea of Japan coast, prided itself on having about 250 geisha entertainers. Now there are only 15. So the 130-year-old spa city is offering vacationers the chance at a hands-on geisha experience, to help keep alive the world of the traditional entertainers. In Kyoto's popular Gion entertainment district, as well, geisha hold mock tea ceremonies for 500 yen per person, while those in other parts of the country have organized events to attract visitors hoping to receive a firsthand look at the geisha system, which some say dates back to the second half of the 1600s. (Japan Times)

Emission-free taxi debuts in Tokyo

Tokyo's first electric-powered taxis hit the streets on Thursday Two 'Zero-taku' (Zero-taxis), so called because the electric cars produce no carbon emissions, began picking up fares at JR Tokyo Station's Marunouchi South exit after an inauguration ceremony. 'If fully charged, we can drive to Yokohama, operator Hinomaru Limousine Co. boasted. The company's Mitsubishi Motors Corp. i-MiEV electric cars can travel 160 kilometers on a fully charged battery. Fares start at 710 yen ($7.80) for the first 2 kilometers, similar to most taxis. (Asahi)

Delivery firms find parking a breeze with bicycles

No exhaust fumes and no idling vehicles. Yamato Transport Co.'s outpost covering the city's Senba office and commercial district is no ordinary package delivery center. Over the past year, the Tokyo-based company has used two electrically assisted bicycles towing two-wheeled carts to deliver its parcels. Capable of traveling at 15 kph, each vehicle carries up to 150 kilograms of packages in a water-proof plastic cargo container. The rider has the option of peddling or using the bicycle's electric motor to get around. (Asahi)

By J.S. on Mar 30, 2010
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