Tokyo Sky Tree prepares for New Year
NHK -- Dec 29
Workers at the Tokyo Sky Tree landmark tower have cleaned an observation deck in preparation for the New Year.

The deck is 350 meters above the ground. The workers used long brushes to dust wooden decorations atop the giant windows.

They also put up New Year decorations and displayed the "Happy New Year" message on some of the windows.

Visitors took photos of Tokyo and Mount Fuji in the background.

Hideki Mochizuki, an official in charge of the cleaning, said he hopes that New Year visitors will enjoy the views from the freshly scrubbed observation deck.

A couple in their 50s said they are planning to use the photo they took on the deck for New Year cards.

The Tokyo Sky Tree will remain open throughout the year-end and New Year holidays.

News source: NHK
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