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Tokyo Skytree visitors enjoy bird's-eye view of Sumida River Fireworks

by Kazuaki Nagata

Staff Writer

Fireworks are a magnificent enough spectacle from the ground, but looking down on them from Japan’s tallest building is simply breathtaking.

About 1,000 lucky visitors to the Tokyo Skytree Saturday got to enjoy seeing the launching of some 20,000 fireworks into the sky from the observation deck 350 meters above ground, with the city’s skyscrapers and shimmering night lights providing the perfect backdrop.

The nighttime display, which kicked off around 7:00 p.m., was part of the Sumida River Fireworks Festival, one of the biggest fireworks galas in Tokyo.

Tokyo Skytree is located right in front of the river and has hosted the viewing event since 2012, which has grown very popular.

About 38,000 people tried to purchase the 480 tickets available online that sold for ¥9,000 each, according to the Tokyo Skytree public relation office. A ticket for the tower’s observation deck normally costs ¥2,060 to ¥2,570 for adults.

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