Name that building: revealed!

Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 03:29 PM

mystery-picture

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?

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THE ANSWER:

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]

david

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

Nov. 29 2008 04:11 PM
Allay

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

Nov. 22 2008 07:14 PM
Amy

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
vasconcelloscynthia

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

Nov. 21 2008 12:41 PM

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