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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (Tochō)
Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (Tochō)

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (東京都庁舎 Tōkyō-to Chōsha?), (also referred to as Tokyo City Hall, or tochō (都庁) for short) is the building which houses the headquarters of Tokyo local government; this comprises not only the 23 wards that people think of as the "city" of Tokyo, but also the cities, towns and villages that make up Tokyo as a whole. Image File history File linksMetadata TokyoTocho. ... Image File history File linksMetadata TokyoTocho. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The 23 special wards (特別区 tokubetsuku) are self-governing, special municipalities in the central and most populous part of Tokyo, Japan. ...


Located in Shinjuku, it held title of the tallest building (by roof height) in Tokyo, at 243 meters (799 feet), from 1991 until late 2006, when it surrendered its title upon the completion of Tokyo Mid-Town Tower. The two top-floor observation decks are free of charge to the public. They are open till 11pm on weekdays. Using cameras is permitted, but tripods are forbidden. Categories: Wards of Tokyo | Japan geography stubs ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... Tokyo Midtown Project as seen from Tokyo Tower Tokyo Midtown Project as seen from Roppongi Hills, November 2006 Tokyo Midtown Project, January 2006, with Roppongi Hills in the background (right) Tokyo Midtown Project ) is a mixed-use development under construction in the Akasaka area of Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan. ...


The building consists of a complex of three structures each taking up a city block. The tallest and most prominent of the three is Tokyo Metropolitan Main building No.1, a tower 48 stories tall that splits into two sections at the 33rd floor. The building also has three levels below ground. The design of the building (which was supposed to look like a computer chip), by architect Kenzo Tange (and associates), has many symbolic touches, most notably the aforementioned split which re-creates the look of a Gothic cathedral. Kenzo Tange (丹下健三, Tange Kenzō; September 4, 1913 - March 22, 2005) was a Japanese architect, and winner of the 1987 Pritzker Prize for architecture. ... Königsberg Cathedral Gothic architecture is a style of architecture, particularly associated with cathedrals and other churches, which flourished in Europe during the high and late medieval period. ... A cathedral is a religious building for worship, specifically of a denomination with an episcopal hierarchy, such as the Roman Catholic, Anglican and some Lutheran churches, which serves as a bishops seat, and thus as the central church of a diocese. ...


Finished in 1991 at the expense of 157 billion yen (about $US 1 billion) of public money, a popular nickname for Tochō is "Tax Tower." ISO 4217 Code JPY User(s) Japan Inflation -0. ...


The other two buildings in the complex are eight-story Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly Building (including one underground floor) and Tokyo Metropolitan Main Building No.2, which has 37 stories including three below ground.


In fiction

[[Image:PDVD 017.jpg|thumb|right|A Dragon of the Earth (red dragon) wake and fly over the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in the movie X (manga) (or X 1999), produced by Manga and illustrated by Clamp As one of the distinguishing landmarks of Tokyo, the building is often featured in anime and films: X ), an early work of the hit all-female manga-ka group CLAMP, details the apocalypse in a very literal adaptation of the Book of Revelation. ... X ), an early work of the hit all-female manga-ka group CLAMP, details the apocalypse prophesied to begin in 1999. ... A group photo of Clamp. ... The main cast of the anime Cowboy Bebop (1998) (L to R: Spike Spiegel, Jet Black, Ed Tivrusky, Faye Valentine, and Ein the dog) For the oleo-resin, see Animé (oleo-resin). ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ...

  • In Digimon Tamers, the building houses the headquarters of the secretive government organisation, Hypnos.
  • In X/1999, the basement of the building is headquarters for the Chi No Ryu and houses the giant computer "Beast".
  • In the controversial 2003 film Battle Royale 2, the building and all surrounding skyscrapers are destroyed by the terrorist group Wild Seven.
  • In the background of several shots in Takashi Miike's Ichi the Killer, which was shot on location in Shinjuku.
  • Also appears in another film by Takashi Miike, The Great Yokai War, where a monster ship drops on top of it as part of a plan to turn Tokyo into a City of Rage.
  • In the 1991 film Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, the final battle between Godzilla and Mecha-King Ghidorah takes place on and near the grounds of this building. During the bout, the tops of the twin spires are blown off by Godzilla's atomic heat ray.
  • The building was a terrorist threat, hatched by Goat in Rose Hip Rose.
  • It serves as the backdrop for the climactic battle in the 2004 film version of Ultraman.
  • It appears in season 10, episode 23 of The Simpsons (entitled 'Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo') in which the family visits Japan.

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  Results from FactBites:
 
Article about "Tokyo" in the English Wikipedia on 24-Apr-2004 (1203 words)
Tokyo is the central place of politics, economy, culture and academics in Japan as well as the home of the Japanese emperor and the seat of the national government, as well as a major business and financial centre for all of East Asia.
Tokyo literally means "eastern capital" in Japanese, a meaning in opposition to an old capital to the west, Kyoto, which was renamed "Saikyo", meaning "western capital", for a brief period of time.
Tokyo's postwar "coming out" is often said to be the 1964 Summer Olympics, which publicized the city on an international stage and brought global attention to the Japanese miracle.
Britain.tv Wikipedia - Tokyo (3813 words)
Tokyo as an administrative region, known as Tōkyō-to 東京都 or "Tokyo Metropolis", is one of 47 prefectures of Japan and is not administered as a single city.
Tokyo was already the nation's political, economic, and cultural center, and the emperor's residence made it a de facto imperial capital as well with the former Edo Castle becoming the Imperial Palace.
The city of Tokyo was established, and continued to be the capital until it was abolished as a municipality in 1943 and merged with the "Metropolitan Prefecture"?title=of Tokyo.
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