X-mas Illumination

22 Dec

Today is 冬至 (Winter Solace).
Click here to read my post about it last year and see how fruit plays an important part of this day in Japan.

In Japan, at Christmastime, many places put up beautiful X-mas light decorations…or 「イルミネーション」 (illumination), as it’s called in Japan.

Couples in Japan like to look at the Xmas illuminations on dates at this time of year.

Last night we went to Tokyo Tower to see the it lit up special for Xmas. On TV they said that every evening until x-mas, Tokyo Tower will be lit up with a heart in the center of the tower from 7:30 – 8:00 PM…so we went to see it.

After that, we went to Tokyo Midtown in 六本木 (Roppongi) to see their elaborate display.

6 Responses to “X-mas Illumination”

  1. Sir Pent December 23, 2009 at 2:31 am #

    I cannot find an individual picture that is truly representative of this, but Chicago has the MAGNIFICENT MILE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS.
    Here is one picture:

    The Magnificent Mile is the premiere, downtown shopping area in Chicago.
    For the holidays they cover the street in lights:

    Cover some of the public buildings in lights:

    Have a parade:


    Fireworks display:


    • tokyo5 December 23, 2009 at 4:20 am #

      It’s very nice. Alot of lights.

      Does Chicago have a fireworks show for Xmas?
      I didn’t know that.
      I thought America only had fireworks on Independence Day on July 4. It’s the only time I’ve seen them in America.

      Japan has alot more Xmas illuminations than I show in this post…but no fireworks.

      In summertime, there are many fireworks shows though.


      • gigihawaii December 24, 2009 at 2:30 am #

        In Hawaii, there are more firworks on New Year’s Eve than on any other holiday. Almost none on July 4.


      • tokyo5 December 24, 2009 at 3:00 am #

        Really? Hawaii doesn’t celebrate the Fourth Of July much?


  2. London Caller December 22, 2009 at 8:27 pm #

    Ah…. Tokyo’s Christmas is almost as beautiful as London’s… 😉


    • tokyo5 December 22, 2009 at 9:22 pm #

      Does London have beautiful X-mas illumination?

      Since you said that, I decided to look for a photo online.
      I found Harrods store in London decorated at this link.

      It looks nice.
      Is there anywhere else famous for illumination in London?


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