The sky building

June 12, 2015

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The Umeda sky building in Osaka is some feat of engineering. Two vertical columns with a suspended circle in the middle that they call the ‘Floating Garden Observatory’. It was voted one of the top 20 buildings in the world, alongside such buildings as the Sydney Opera House, the Taj Mahal, and the Parthenon.

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It is 173m tall and of course it includes a glass lift from the 3rd floor to the top. All pounding hearts aside, it’s a spectacular view to rise above the ground in that way, but they’re not done there, oh no, there’s a set of escalators that cross between the two columns with nothing beneath you.

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Nothing but 160m of air between you and the concrete below. It wasn’t as scary as it sounds and the views over Osaka were incredible. It is such a mass of buildings sprawling out from the ocean.

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You can see the natural harbour that’s made by the volcanic islands in the distance.

We spent some nice time staring out across the the metropolis.

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Before we had to think about getting back in the lift, disclaimer – it was only Pete that was actually scared of the lift.

The reflections on theĀ building were amazing

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The circular window design at the top created a cool perspective.

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Once we got to the bottom, we were greeted for our troubles with a Belgian beer festival.

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The most random thing to be sipping Belgian beer on a sunny afternoon in Osaka.

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Cheers, to all of you out there that we know love the golden Belgian religious beer experience.