Passers-by in Tokyo's busy Akasaka district have started to notice something odd about a 40-floor hotel -- it has shrunk to about half its original height.
Children look at Christamas illuminations on the Grand Prince Akasaka hotel in Tokyo, on November 6, 2008. Passers-by in Tokyo's busy Akasaka district have started to notice the hotel has shrunk to about half its original height, as the skyscraper is being demolished floor by floor instead of being blown up with explosives or smashed up with a wrecking ball.
Slowly but surely, and with none of the explosions or dust normally associated with the demolition of skyscrapers, the hotel is being torn down.
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