Tokyo Tower Marks 60 Years of Opening

Society

Tokyo, Dec. 23 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo Tower marked the 60th anniversary of its opening, in a celebratory mood, on Sunday.

The orange-and-white Tokyo landmark was lit up in red, representing the image of a red "chanchanko," a padded sleeveless vest. In Japan, there is a tradition of giving a red chanchanko to a person turning 60.

At a fashion show, held at the foot of the tower, 13 female attendants each wore a different uniform. The 13 outfits are among the 50 kinds of uniforms adopted for Tokyo Tower attendants since the 1958 opening of the 333-meter-tall facility.

The show ended with a countdown, with participants saying, "Congratulations," and the tower given the red illumination.

Starting at 4 p.m. (7 a.m. GMT), the number 60 was illuminated on the south side of the tower's main observation deck.

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