Home > News
  print button email button

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Osaka celebrates 100th anniversary of landmark Tsutenkaku Tower


OSAKA — A ceremony Tuesday marked the 100th anniversary of the landmark Tsutenkaku Tower in Naniwa Ward, Osaka.

News photo
Centurion: A statue of the god Billiken is kept dry Tuesday as Osaka marked the 100th anniversary of Tsutenkaku Tower in Naniwa Ward. KYODO

The eve featured a statue of a Billiken god that sat on the 103-meter tower's observatory deck for about 30 years until May.

The tower and statue have been long regarded as a symbol of the local Shinsekai entertainment district and as a broader symbol of the entire city.

"My heart is too full for words. As a resident of Shinsekai, I'm proud (of the anniversary)," said Masaaki Nishigami, 62, president of the tower's operator, Tsutenkaku Kanko Co.

The original tower was built in 1912 as a symbol of the Shinsekai area, which was dotted with restaurants, bars, movie theaters and other entertainment establishments. A fire destroyed the tower in 1943, but it was rebuilt by locals in 1956.

A total of 37 million tourists have visited the new tower, including 1.2 million last year alone.

Back to Top

About us |  Work for us |  Contact us |  Privacy policy |  Link policy |  Registration FAQ
Advertise in japantimes.co.jp.
This site has been optimized for modern browsers. Please make sure that Javascript is enabled in your browser's preferences.
The Japan Times Ltd. All rights reserved.