All Is Illuminated
Tokyo really rolls out the electric carpet when it comes to holiday light displays. This one in Shiodome was pretty spectacular even before it started sparkling and flashing in time to the Nutcracker Suite.
But Shiodome wasn’t the only place with spectacular lights. Roppongi Hills had a blinding display as well, with Tokyo Tower blazing in the background in all its orange glory.
At Ebisu Garden Place, the Christmas spirit was embodied by an elephantine Baccarat chandelier.
Shinjuku took the whole romantic date idea to a new level with this vaguely Christmas tree-shaped chapel thing. Couples were lining up to “Hold Hands, Touch the Posts, and Bathe in the Glow and Sound of Power!” As each couple stepped up and grasped the metal terminals, organ peals erupted and the structure was awash in colored light. Each one was different, so they never knew if they were going to get the Light of Courage (orange), Light of Love (pink), Light of Reliance (blue), Fine Light (yellow), Healing Light (green) or hit the jackpot with Light of Hope (rainbow).
And if you’d like to see the illuminations the next time you’re in Tokyo, directions & maps to Roppongi, Ebisu Garden Place & Shinjuku Southern Terrace are on my website, The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had. The Shiodome display is in the Corredo building courtyard, right at Shiodome Station.
Jonelle Patrick is the author of the Only In Tokyo mystery series, published by Penguin/Intermix.