International pop star Lady Gaga visited Tokyo Sky Tree, the world’s highest broadcasting tower, on May 15, ahead of its official opening scheduled for May 22.
Japan Tourism Agency presented Lady Gaga with a certificate of its “Commissioner’s Prize.” The decision was made in October 2011 to award the prize to the pop star in recognition of her contributions to the recovery of tourism in Japan. Lady Gaga sent out messages to encourage tourists from around the world to visit Japan at a time when visitors from overseas were decreasing following the Great East Japan Earthquake.
(Reference) Lady Gaga's messages to Japan: “It is so important that we continue to raise money. But it is also important that we remind the world that Japan is now safe and that the doors are open for tourists from all over the world to come in and enjoy the beautiful country.”(June 23, 2011)
“I feel beyond privileged to know and love Japan. Not only as a country, but as a community filled with a hopeful spirit and resilient people. The honor is mine to have witnessed the strength of such an inspiring nation. I will continue to support and fight for Japan as not only an artist, but as a citizen of the world, in gracious responsibility to those who have always welcomed me and taught me the true meaning of courage and bravery.”(October 3, 2011)
“Hi Everybody, I just wanted to say thank you so much from the bottom of my heart to all of the people in Japan. I have had the most wonderful time here. It's an absolute dream come true to play 3 sold out shows here in Tokyo so thank you so much for inviting me to your beautiful country. I just wanted to spend my last night here at SKY TREE to see a nice view even in the rain. It is the most beautiful sight I've ever seen. Thank you so much for your kindness and hospitality. I can't wait to come back. AISHITEMASU.”(May 15, 2012)
In addition to the Commissioner’s Prize certificate, Japan Tourism Agency presented the singer with a pair of red and blue Okiagari-koboshi, traditional Japanese dolls from Fukushima Prefecture which return to an upright position if knocked over. After she accepted the blue doll, she wrote her autograph on the red doll and left it in Japan to express her feelings for Japan.
We hope that many people from overseas will visit Japan, beginning with the Tokyo Sky Tree, which serves as a symbol of “cheerful Japan”.
Information on Tokyo Sky Tree: http://www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/