Skytree Town is celebrating its tenth anniversary on May 22, lighting up Tokyo Skytree in blue and yellow from 7.30pm until midnight to represent the tower’s mascot, Sorakara-chan.
The main celebrations will be held at the Sky Arena plaza, located at the foot of the 634m tower, and will feature an opening speech by famous kabuki actor Ebizo Ichikawa XI. At 11.30am, Ichikawa will be performing the Nigiri, a traditional dance that can only be performed by members of the Naritaya family, at the top floor of Tokyo Skytree. You don’t need to get up there to see it, though – it will also be broadcast live on a big screen at the plaza.
After the performance, a lucky 634 visitors will receive an exclusive tenth anniversary coaster handmade by local leather craftsmen. To receive the coaster, you must get a ticket which will be distributed from 9am. The entire event is free, but you’ll want to get there early to secure a spot.
A special train with a logo for the tenth anniversary will also run between Asakusa and Tokyo Skytree stations for one day only. This four-carriage train will run eight times to and from both stations between 1.26pm and 5.18pm.