Ryōunkaku: Japan’s First Skyscraper

For more than thirty years, the Ryōunkaku—Japan's first Western-style skyscraper—was a popular sight in the urban landscape of modern Tokyo, and appeared frequently in commercial images and touristic promotional images of Asakusa. The octagonal edifice stood 225 feet tall, and at that time, it was the tallest structure in the entirety of Japan. Its name translates to “pavilion that soars above the clouds”.

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