As the watchtower in the premises of Zojoji pagoda depicted by Hiroshige was said to be the highest in Edo, the Tokyo Tower was one of the tallest construction in post-war Tokyo. Hiroshige’s drawings pictures the reconstruction of Edo from great earthquake. This image pays homage to the symbol of Japanese economic miracle, one of the symbols of reconstruction of Japan from WWII.
Standing 333 meters high in the center of Tokyo, Tokyo Tower (東京タワー) is the world’s tallest, self-supported steel tower and 13 meters taller than its model, the Eiffel Tower. A symbol of Japan’s post-war rebirth as a major economic power, Tokyo Tower was the country’s tallest structure from its completion in 1958 until 2012 when it was surpassed by the Tokyo Skytree. In addition to being a popular tourist spot, Tokyo Tower serves as a broadcast antenna.