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Friday, Sep. 23, 2011

Tokyo Sky Tree book honors tower's builders


Work is under way on a picture book that will show how workers of various types helped build the Tokyo Sky Tree, the world's tallest self-standing tower, which is scheduled to open to visitors next May in Sumida Ward.

The book, tentatively titled "Tokyo Sky Tree wo Tsukuru" ("Creating Tokyo Sky Tree"), will be published next spring and edited for both children and adults, according to its publisher, Bronze Publishing Inc.

The book will profile over 12 jobs, including building planner, construction site supervisor, scaffolding worker, land surveyor, crane operator, lighting designer and local store owner.

Noritake Suzuki, 36, the author and illustrator, will portray the workers based on his interviews and photos at some 30 workplaces over the past two years.

"He has recorded the details about how they work by taking 100 to 200 pictures at each place," said the book's editor, Atsuko Okimoto.

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