Name that building: revealed!

Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 03:29 PM


This afternoon, Leital and I were hitting up some souvenir shops when we spotted this building across the river.  We were just as surprised when we found out what company it represents.

Any guesses?



Indeed, it is the Asahi Breweries HQ.

Our pal here says that the French architect actually planned 3 gold flames, all sticking straight up.  But Tokyo nixed that plan -- not earthquake safe.  (Speaking of which, word has it we had a small one yesterday evening, though I didn't feel it.)  However, one flame blowing horizontally has been quite enough to make the building famous.  Of course, it also has its share of not-so-nice nicknames... which I'll let you imagine (or post!) yourself.  No comment here, except that I give the beer a thumbs-up!

- Jenny Lawton


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Comments [5]


This building's ornament undoubtably represents a magnificent, golden, swimming sperm.

Nov. 29 2008 04:11 PM

I think that represents asahi...
But you know what? there's more secret what it really represents.

Nov. 22 2008 07:14 PM

I actually think it looks like a cruise ship.

Nov. 21 2008 11:22 PM
Alex Gallafent

Aha! Asahi!

Nov. 21 2008 07:34 PM

Belongs to that beer company... I forgot the name... Saporo?

Nov. 21 2008 12:41 PM

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