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Supertall Tokyo Sky Tree shrugs off quakes (photos)

The Tokyo Sky Tree is built on reclaimed land in quake-prone Japan, but engineers are confident the world's tallest tower won't topple.

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Sky Tower steel truss

Nearly a year after the magnitude-9.0 quake that pummeled Japan, construction of the world's tallest tower, the Tokyo Sky Tree, is now complete. The Sky Tree's exterior steel truss changes shape from a triangle at the bottom to a circle near the top as it soars above eastern Tokyo.
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Newlyweds

Newlyweds attired in kimono pose by a bridge in the Mukojima district of Tokyo. The Sky Tree opens in May but is already a major draw for locals and tourists alike.
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View from the deck

The view from the first observation deck, at 350 meters (1,148 feet) above the ground, feels like being in a helicopter.
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Surrounding cityscape

An illustration of Sky Tree and the surrounding cityscape; Mt. Fuji is visible during clear days, especially in mid-winter.
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Miyabi theme

The Sky Tree will have alternating illumination themes, one of which is miyabi, defined by its builder as "elegance," "refinement," or "courtliness."

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