Name that building: revealed!

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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