… squeals of delight from the gathering crowd…Oshinari-kun is one of the mascots that have been created throughout Japan for local revitalization and other purposes… His appearance is loosely based on Ariwara no Narihira, a poet from the Heian Period (794-1185) whom the Narihirabashi area was named after. Oshinari-kun wears a tower-shaped hat.
via Tokyo Sky Tree attracting crowds and change
Asahi.com | 2010/10/18
Well, at least Oshinari-kun is not as bad as the old Tokyo Tower’s Tokyo’s Pink Penis mascot, Noppon (3Yen / 2009-04-05) shown on the left.
–Visit the official website of Oshinari-kun at: Oshinari.jp
–And don’t miss the 360 ° panorama VR projection of the new Sky Tree tower and surrounding area. (Google Translate).
–View a video of the new Sky Tree in the Comments.
Alternatively, you could think at the Sky Tree in a different way: It’s Japan’s tallest free-standing structure and the world’s second tallest free-standing broadcast tower—Yeah, we’re No. 2! As 3Yen contributor, “Catoneinutica” quipped: “Japan: we can build really tall hideous radio towers just like the East Germans.“