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If Only Japanese Rock Gardens Were Filled With Cooling Mist & Illuminations…

Oh. Wait. At Tokyo Midtown this summer, they are!

On the lawn that hosts those amazing winter illuminations, they’ve constructed a wide wooden veranda enclosing a “rock garden,” complete with clouds of mist and a fireworks-themed lightshow. And the best part is, you can sit and dangle your feet for as long as you like, enjoying the cool and the entertainment for free!

The illuminations twinkle to life, capturing all the colors of summer…
…before bursting into “fireworks”…
…in all the colors of the rainbow

And if you’re still not convinced this is the greatest summertime invention since popsicles…

But that’s not all! Next to the garden of blissful mist is a stand selling bento and drinks – including a sophisticated take on kakigori, that traditional summertime favorite – so you can picnic while enjoying the show.

Sometimes adulting is not so bad
You can also meet up with friends in the outdoor lounge, complete with this excellent take on the idea of “lawn chairs”
Or get yourself a free token at the stand next to the stream, take off your shoes, and sip a cold one while dipping your toes in the fountain

Tokyo Midtown Digital Art Garden

Dates: July 12 – August 25 (2019)

Hours: Illuminations are from 18:00 – 23:00, mist starts earlier, at 15:00

Admission: Free


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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, produces the monthly newsletter Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

6 thoughts on “If Only Japanese Rock Gardens Were Filled With Cooling Mist & Illuminations… Leave a comment

    • Aieee, that’s the most infuriating thing about Japan – stuff comes and goes so quickly, it’s easier to miss it than catch it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to go back to the States RIGHT before the best winter illuminations start up (><;;) (And I'm so sorry I'm just replying now – been traveling, and was slacking off inexcusably!)

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