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A season walking southbound on the Appalachian Trail

Happy Holidays From Tokyo!

While Christmas in Japan is not considered a national or religious holiday, Japanese have adopted some Western customs related to the season. The focus is more on being out with friends and less on giving gifts. There are many beautiful lights and decorations everywhere called “illumination.” These begin to appear in November and some are up all the way through February and March, while others are taken down on December 25. Japan-Guide has a link to the seasonal illuminations around Japan.

In Nakameguro, the lights are illuminated over the canal creating the “Blue Cavern.” It’s a highly-anticipated event and many people started gathering around the canal well before dark when the lights came on.

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Before.

Before.

After.

After.

The Blue Cavern.

The Blue Cavern.

Also seen in Nakameguro.

Also seen in Nakameguro.

 

In Shiodome people gathered for a light show at this display.

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In Tokyo Dome City the lights were bright.

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The Mikimoto Jumbo Christmas Tree is a holiday icon in Ginza. It’s lit with 6,500 LED lights. Today was the last night of its illumination for the season.

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The lights in Maranouchi and at Tokyo Station are very popular and many people were out tonight to view them.

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Maranouchi.

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The lights on the second floor are from Mucho, the Mexican restaurant where two friends and I celebrated Christmas before walking around to enjoy the lights.

 

There were many staff around to control the masses.

There were many staff around to control the masses.

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Tokyo Station is celebrating its 100 birthday this year.

Tokyo Station is celebrating its 100 birthday this year.

 

The best way to be part of the excitement.

The best way to be part of the excitement.

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Merry Christmas from Tokyo!

3 responses to “Happy Holidays From Tokyo!

  1. Carylon January 11, 2015 at 3:28 am

    I so enjoy all the pictures – and how in the world do you take such clear selfies??? See ya before long! Have a safe trip home!

  2. Patris December 27, 2014 at 1:35 am

    Love all the lights! We got our white Christmas by the end of the day!
    Merry Christmas!

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