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Google Earth Plug-in: Fukuoka Tower, Japan

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Tallest Coastal Tower in Japan: together with Fukuoka Dome and Seahawk hotel it provides the city with a skyline.
8000 half mirrors wrapped around a 234 metre high structure. The observation deck is at 123 metres and there is a cafe/lounge just below it. It is claimed to be able to withstand a magnitude 7 earthquake (Japanese scale) and wind of up to 135 miles/hour. Built on reclaimed land, it weighs in at 3000 tons above ground and 25,000 tons below. It offers 360 degree views of the city and Hakata bay - the site of the famous "Kami-Kaze" ("wind of the gods") that saved Japan from the Mongol hordes. It is now a "symbol of the city" - we leave you to ponder exactly what a structure built entirely of mirrors says about Fukuoka's conception of its role in the world.

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