Tokyo Illuminations 2009

Last year, we enjoyed our first holiday illuminations (lights) in Tokyo.  Once again this year, many areas around Tokyo (and Japan) offered colorful lights to usher in the new year.

Shinjuku Southern Lights was the illumination display at the Shinjuku Southern Terrace City, south of JR Shinjuku Station.

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The UDX building in Akihabara had a Christmas tree decorated with Gundam models.

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The upscale shopping district of Omotesando was lit up for the holiday season for the first time in 11 years with a total of 630,000 LED bulbs decorating the 138 zelkova trees along the one-kilometer route from Omotesando subway station to the main entrance to Meiji Shrine.

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The Omotesando Hills shopping center was also lit up, with a very tall (and slim) Christmas tree inside.

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Caretta Shiodome was lit up this year again under the theme of “Blue Ocean”, with a special light show attracting huge crowds every evening.

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Keyakizaka Illumination in Roppongi Hills created a snow avenue, a 400 meter boulevard of blue and white sparkling trees that evoke a vision of glittering snow.

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The Mori Garden Illumination featured a tree like object which changes colors, floating above the pond.

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The Roku Roku Plaza Illumination near the Mori Building uses pure white light – a change from the more common blue light displays.

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The Starlight Garden was the symbolic illumination at nearby Tokyo Midtown featuring shooting stars turning into stardust set up on the 2,000 square meter grass square.

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Celebrating this illumination’s 5th anniversary under a universe theme, Tokyo Dome City featured over 1.2 million LEDs – making it Tokyo’s largest light display.

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The centerpiece was the 12 meter diameter earth-like sphere named Gaia.

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Other illuminations include the Hikari Mandara Dome and a 140 meter long passage called ‘Milky Way’.

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Finally, a very nice 8 minute YouTube video called Tokyo Illumination Drive featuring Omotesando, Roppongi and Marunouchi areas.

6 thoughts on “Tokyo Illuminations 2009

  1. >Omotesando was lit up for the holiday season for the first time in 11 years

    Yes. I was surprised when they suddenly stopped lighting up Omotesando…and I can’t believe it has already been eleven years since then!

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