Cherry Blossom Illuminations
TOKYO MIDTOWN in Roppongi
Tokyo Midtown’s promenade of cherry trees is not only lit up in pink…
…they also dumped a huge cone of dirt on the field where the illuminations happen in wintertime, and topped it with some funny-shaped bushes. During the day it’s completely WTF-am-I-looking-at, but at night…this.
The three-minute animated projection mapping does not disappoint. Here are a few still shots…
…or heck, just watch the video (it’s three minutes of your life you won’t regret)
NIHONBASHI AREA near Mitsukoshi-mae Station
While it can’t quite compete with the psychedelic Mt. Fuji, the cherry-challenged shopping district of Nihonbashi does pink itself up at night with some animated cherry petals & such. Just beyond the Coredo 2 building, you’ll come to an outdoor pass-through that greets you with swaths of billowing pink chiffon above and ever-changing patterns of cherry-themed projections below.
Walk through to the Fukutoku Shrine (right behind the Mitsukoshi flagship store) which strews a few blossoms to lure you in…
Out front, the stately homes of various venerable institutions are also temporarily pinkified.
TOKYO TOWER near Kamiyacho Station
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