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The height of Tokyo Skytree — 634 meters — has symbolic meaning for the area known long ago as Musashi, covering Tokyo and parts of Saitama and Kanagawa, because the figure’s syllables can stand for 6 (“mu”), 3 (“sa”) and 4 (“shi”).

But 610, 628, 633, 645 and even 666 meters were all considered as the final height at one point, according to its builder, Tobu Railway Co. The Skytree project originally began with 610 meters as the tower’s planned height, but after the 600-meter-tall Canton Tower in China opened in September 2010, the 10-meter advantage was not considered enough. Higher levels were considered, including 628, the year nearby Sensoji Temple was built.

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