Pink Illuminations to Adorn Meguro River’s Famous Cherry Blossom Trees

24.October.2018 | SPOT

Meguro River is famous for its cherry trees which line stretch 4km along the waters and bring beautiful cherry blossoms in spring. This winter, ‘Megurogawa Minna no Illumi 2018’ will take place from November 9, 2018 to January 6, 2019. Translating to ‘Meguro River: Illuminations for Everyone,’ the event will see the path along the river decorated with lights which will reflect off the water’s surface.

The event was created out of locals’ love for the town of Meguro. It’s a time of mutual bonding and a reminder that winter is here. Last year, apartments in the neighbourhood and restaurants collected 5,500 litres of waste cooking oil which powered the generator for the lights. Waste cooking oils will be recycled again this year as biodiesel to power 100% of the illuminations.

The Fuyu no Sakura® (‘Winter Cherry Blossoms’) flower viewing spot which was a huge hit last year will make an appearance again this year. People will be able to enjoy the ‘winter cherry blossoms’ーthe pink illuminationsーfrom the comfort of one of the three garden igloos which all have different interiors. Sitting in one of these means you don’t have to worry about wind, rain or cold weather.

 

Fuyu no Sakura

Locaion: Gotanda Fureai Waterside Square, Shinagawa

Running: November 22, 2018 – December 26, 2018

 

This year marks the 9th run of Fuyu no Sakura®. The 100% local energy illuminations were picked up by news media both in Japan and overseas last year. The event also won second-place in the 2017 A’ Design Award.

 

If you missed the spring cherry blossoms in Japan and are travelling there in wintertime then enjoy some ‘flower viewing’ at Meguro River!

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  • 【Tokyo Stroll】Feel the true spirit of Japan during the hanami season! Explore these cherry blossom spots to get some beautiful photos

    05.April.2017 | FEATURES / SPOT

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    When you think of springtime in Japan, you immediately think of cherry blossoms. As the hanami season blossoms, there are no doubt lots of people out there who want to experience Japan’s 4 distinct seasons. One famous hanami spot in Tokyo is Meguro River. It is a location packed every year with people who walk along the river to see all the beautiful cherry blossoms. In this article, we recommend the ideal photo spots to visit during the cherry blossom season while the flowers are in full bloom!

     

    How to access Meguro River

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    Meguro River, Tokyo’s quintessential hanami spot. The atmosphere changes as you walk along the river – upstream, mid-stream, and downstream – and a place where you are sure to enjoy your hanami.

    Upstream: 3-minute walk from “Ikejiri-Ōhashi Station” via the Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line

    Mid-stream: 1-minute walk from “Nakameguro Station” via the Tokyu Toyoko Line and Tokyo Metro Line

    Downstream: 6-minute walk from “Meguro Station” via the Tokyu Meguro Line / 5-minute walk from “Fudō-mae Station” via the Tokyu Meguro Line

    The closest station to Meguro River is Nakameguro Station, but it’s a very accessible place via whichever station you alight from when you depart from Shibuya.

    “Nakanohashi Bridge” – The symbolic bridge of Meguro River

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    If you walk along Meguro River in the direction of Nakameguro Station from Ikejiri-Ōhashi Station, you’ll come to see a red arched bridge. This is “Nakanohashi,” a characteristic bridge that has been used as the location for many TV dramas, and the symbol of Meguro River.

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    At the entrance of the bridge you will see “Nakanohashi” (in Hiragana) written in cute brick art. It’s a recommendation photo spot location and one where anyone can take a cute photo!

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    Try taking a photo with the bridge and cherry blossoms in the background, alongside the cute owl statue. The hanami season is also a time where vivid pink-coloured paper lanterns are put up to decorate the scenery even more, meaning you can take some really colourful photos.

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    It’s located upstream of Meguro River. Since both the width of the river and the bridge itself are narrow, only people and bicycles can pass through. When the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, the arch seems as if it spans the river surface. As you walk along the bridge, the overhead branches and falling cherry blossom petals are extremely beautiful.

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    This area isn’t too busy so you can enjoy a relaxing stroll around it. And the cherry blossom trees are really close to you, so you can take really nice photos with the gorgeous cherry blossom petals.

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  • See the “Golden Dome” illuminations at Nakameguro that shine like jewels

    20.December.2016 | SPOT

    “NAKAMEGURO JEWEL DOME 2016” will be held from December 16th to December 25th this year where illuminations will be lit along the Meguro River in Nakameguro.

     

    “NAKAMEGURO JEWEL DOME 2016” will be held around the local shopping districts and neighbourhood associations by the local committee to make people want to and continue to live in Nakameguro. So that the town of Nakameguro can continue to shine like a jewel, around 110 cherry blossom trees will be lined with an estimated 30,000 round lights that will glow an orange-gold colour along Meguro River.

     

    It’s the perfect place to spend Christmas together with that special someone, so how about heading down to the Meguro River this winter as the illuminations shine and glisten like precious gemstones?

     

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    NAKAMEGURO JEWELDOME 2016

    Dates: Friday December 16th, 2016 to Sunday December 25th, 2016

    Time: 16:00-21:00 (subject to change)

    Location: Illuminations start close to Nakameguro Station and run along the Meguro River for 1km (Horai Bridge to Asahibashi)

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    Related Article: Meguro River will be dyed in sakura coloured illuminations this winter for this year’s “Meguro River Minna no Illumination 2016″

  • Omohara Beer Forest Illuminations in Omotesando to Begin on November 15

    20.October.2018 | SPOT

    The Omohara Beer Forest―located on the sixth floor rooftop of Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku―is hosting an illumination event from November 15 to February 28 next year.

     

    The Omohara illuminations will bring a mix of natural light and gentle fairy lights to central Harajuku. A space surrounded by trees will give rise to 16,000 illuminations with warm light, evoking a sense of nostalgia from somewhere and makes you relax.

    The illuminations can be enjoyed through Christmas and the New Year’s Holidays. Opening hours will be extended to 11:00pm from the usual 9:00pm for people to gaze at.

     

    Tokyu Plaza will also be decked out with plenty of Christmas gifts up until December 25 including clothes, cosmetics and other miscellaneous items, so head there this holiday season to feel that nostalgia Christmas feeling.

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  • Cruise by the Dazzling Blue Grotto Illuminations in Fukuoka

    10.September.2019 | SPOT

    As part of a project to vitalise and develop the town of Hakata in Fukuoka and promote its wonderful culture to the people of the world, the Blue Grotto FUKUOKA Executive Committee is set to hold a special illumination event titled Blue Grotto FUKUOKA at Nakasu Bridge from September 16 to October 6.

     

    This illumination event first began in Nakameguro, Tokyo back in 2014 where it enjoyed great success. The location was then moved in 2016 to Shibuya where over 2.8 million people attended. It was then held outside the Tokyo area for the first time in Sapporo in February 2018 and then in Osaka in September of the same year. This enabled it to become widespread across the country and has consequentially made it become one of the main illumination events of Japan.

    Blue Grotto will now make its way to Kyushu for the first time with Blue Grotto FUKUOKA. Boats will be prepared for the romantic and magical cruise which will take passengers from Nakasu Bridge to Canal City Hakata and Hakata Bay.

     

    As well as the breathtaking lights, passengers can look forward to a specially-prepared pasta meal made by Nisshin Foods using Blue Grotto brand products.

  • Witness Beautiful Japanese Art at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo’s 100 Step Staircase

    24.July.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Those interested in Japanese art should most definitely visit the hotel and museum Hotel Gajoen Tokyo which is now holding the 5th Wa no Akari x Hyakudan Kaidan art exhibition until September 1.

    It is taking place at its Hyakudan Kaidan, or ‘100 Steps Staircase’―which was registered by Tokyo Prefecture as a Tangible Cultural Property in 2009 for its exceptional architecture and artistic beauty. This year’s event has been made bigger and better with brand new exhibits.

    Visitors will ride the exquisitely decorated elevator and first come to an Aomori Nebuta Festival-style float as pictured above with its bright colours and angry gaze. This piece was created specially for the event. It also gives off an original summery smell too.

    As you follow the path deeper into the exhibition―having first taken off your shoes―you will come a line of cloth crafts. You can switch on the lights inside to light up each piece which radiate the natural colours of the material. There are many cloth work pieces on display to enjoy.

    This is what it looks like when looking up the 100 Step Staircase from the bottom. You will come to several rooms when ascending the stairs with light displays in them.

    This is the first room inside which is a display created by bamboo lighting artist NITTAKE from Nichinan, Miyazaki. The bamboo is beautiful on its own but even more so when the lights are turned on in a dark room as the entire room is turned into artwork itself.

    Continuing on you come to the “Nagasaki Lantern Festival.” You can see the lights before you even enter the room and they plunge you into that Japanese festival atmosphere. It’s truly spectacular inside. It’s different from the previous room which was dark with lights hanging from it. It’s even more bright and colourful. It made me want to visit the real Nagasaki Lantern Festival which boasts 1 million visitors every year.

    This room contains umbrella art using Japanese umbrellas from Yamaga, Kumamoto. The colours of the umbrellas turn the room into something magical. The room has a relaxing, soothing vibe to it that makes you want to gaze in silence.

    Dangling further up the stairs are wind chimes which continue the summer vibes.

    There are many unique art pieces too such as these goldfish from Yanai, Yamaguchi. There is artwork from around 40 individuals and groups so there is lots to be discovered. Take your time to admire each and every thing in there.

    The stairs actually go up to 99. Once you have seen the final exhibition on the top floor it’s time to return to the bottom where you take your shoes off.

    Whether you’re interested in art or Japanese culture, this exciting event is one not to be missed this summer.

  • P→★ (TEMPURA KIDZ) Animal Café Diary #5: Visiting Japan’s First Micro Pig Cafe ‘mipig cafe’

    12.April.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    P→★ of Japanese pop dance and vocal group TEMPURA KIDZ loves animals, and this is his featured series in which he visits animal cafes around Tokyo. For diary entry No. 5, our P→★ heads to mipig cafe, Japan’s first ever micro pig cafe that opened in Meguro just last month.

    Micro pigs are a super small type of pig bred in the UK through selective breeding. They are smaller than miniature pigs. The concept of the cafe is “A Backwoods For Micro Pigs.” The pigs are given a huge space to live and play around in. As soon as you enter the cafe they are there to greet you.

    The building is four storeys high. Each floor has been made into a house for the micro pigs. The initial entry payment is ¥800 for 30 minutes and an extra ¥500 for every 30 minute extension. If you want a drink the prices start from ¥600. The cafe is very new and so is very popular right now, so if you’re looking to visit we recommend making a reservation in advance. It’s possible to get extensions on the day but you won’t be able to if lots of reservations have been made.

    The pigs are very friendly with people. As soon as P→★ entered the room the pigs came right up to him. They climbed straight onto his lap.

    They stayed in P→★’s arms the entire time without moving. Perhaps it’s because they feel safe and relaxed when embraced. P→★ was happy with it too: “I feel so peaceful♡. I want to stay here forever!” he announced.

    Micro pigs aren’t their own species, they are mix of different species, so even if the piglets are born at the same, their size and colour will be completely different. The four pigs in the photos above are all 4-month-old siblings. Currently there are 10 micro pigs at the cafe. Pigs are tidy and very intelligent animals, so with enough practice they can be trained like dogs. There are pigs in the mipig cafe that can turn around and sit on command.

    Since the pigs are so friendly with humans, one meeting is enough to have you captive and want to stay with them. They will stay close to you and not move so there’s plenty of opportunities for photos!

    As well as drinks the cafe also serves food including cakes. They even serve “Tokusei Cheesecake” (¥850 before tax) from Hasegawa Minoru, a top dining restaurant in Japan. The restaurant is so popular that you have to make reservations up to 2 years in advance. And on weekends and holidays only the cafe sells 10 servings of their special “Pig Cake.”

    It’s common in the US and UK for people to have pet pigs, but in Japan they’re still mostly regarded as domestic animals. mipig raises their micro pigs in a way like cats and dogs are in Japan. They are also in contact with farms in the UK and sell micro pigs too. Although they are called micro pigs they can weigh up to 40kg when fully grown. There is a floor in the cafe where you can see a grown up micro pig as shown in P→★’s photo above. Perhaps you can add a new member to your family too. But since the pigs are popular right now it could take over a year for you to receive one.

     

    How did you find the mipig cafe, P→★?

    “Of all the animal cafes I have been to so far this one was the most fun! It was fun being able have contact with them the entire time. Now I want a micro pig of my own! They don’t smell either, I could be with them forever. I wasn’t able to get an extension because there were a lot of reservations, so I recommend booking a long stay when you make one! And the cheesecake was super tasty too, so definitely be sure to try it yourself!”

    If you’re in or planning a trip to Tokyo then be sure to get your reservations in for the newly-opened mipig cafe in Meguro ASAP!

     

     

    Model: P→★(TEMPURA KIDZ)@0830_pika

    Photo: Haruka  Yamamoto

    Text: Sayoko Ishii

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

  • Enjoy Cherry Blossoms and Illuminations at Yomiuri Land This Spring

    10.March.2019 | SPOT

    Japanese amusement park Yomiuri Land is set to hold its first ever Yozakura Jewel Illumination event from March 21 to April 7. It will combine evening-time cherry blossoms with gorgeous illuminations.

     

    The event will give bloom to various attractions, such as “Jewel Aurora ~Nighttime Ferris Wheel” designed by internationally-active Japanese lighting artist Motoko Ishii. The park’s 180-meter long strip of cherry trees will combine the vivid cherry blossoms with bright pink lights.

    Sakura Promenade: 180-meters of magical cherry trees

    Using the light pink cherry blossoms as the base, the Sakura Promenade will be lined with bright lights in the evening, creating a memorable and must-see display.

    Jewel Aurora ~Nighttime Ferris Wheel: Illuminated in Cherry Blossom Pink

    The huge Ferris wheel will be lit up with colourful lights in the image of cherry blossoms.

    Bandit: The fastest ever hanami experience at 110km!

    Enjoy a fast hanami flower-viewing of the cherry blossoms at high speed on Bandit, the park’s most popular roller coaster.

    Gondola Sky Shuttle: Hanami from above

    Enjoy gazing at the cherry blossoms up high over the trees aboard the gondola. It will be like gliding over a pink carpet.

    Cherry Blossom Tunnel

    Walk through the 180-meter long cherry blossom tunnel and enjoy the sights whether strolling or kicking back on the benches.

    Yomiuri Land Oka no Yu: Hanami from the open-air baths

    For a separate fee, sit under the cherry trees inside the open air baths for a relaxing experience.

     

    Enjoy a different kind of hanami this year at Yomiuri Land with their many cherry blossom events.

  • 4 Best Evening Illumination Spots in Tochigi Prefecture

    19.December.2018 | SPOT

    Tochigi Prefecture boasts a long list of spots officially designated as “Night View Inheritances of Japan” where illumination events, shrine and temple light-ups, mini lanterns and more are set up.

     

    This is a list of 4 must-visit locations with illuminations events running until March 2019.

    Ashikaga Flower Park – “Garden of Illuminated Flowers)

    Ashikaga Flower Park is one of Japan’s three main illumination spots. Its popularity has earned it the No. 1 spot for illuminations for two years in a row. The newly-built Ashikaga Flower Park Station at the park’s west gate makes it easier than ever to access.

     

    The wintry trees are decorated with colourful lights, brightening the beautiful flowers at nighttime. There is also a recreation of the park’s symbolic great wisteria tree made entirely out of lights down to the flowers. It sways with the wind making it look like a real tree.

     

    Address: 607 Hasamacho, Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture

    Running: October 27, 2018 – February 5, 2019

    Closed: December 31, 2018

    TEL: 0284-91-4939

    Website: http://www.ashikaga.co.jp/

     

    Ashikagaorihime Shrine at Orihime Park

    Another one of Japan’s officially registered Night View Inheritance sites. Orihime Park offers a gorgeous view of the town’s nightscape. The park’s Ashikagaorihime Shrine is lit up making for a magical atmopshere. The shrine itself is famous for its associations with marriage, making it a popular date spot.

     

    Address: 3890-17 Tomoecho, Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture

    Open: All Year Round

    Shrine Illumination: 5:00pm-midnight

    TEL: 0284-22-0313

    Website: http://orihimejinjya.com/

     

    26th Yunishikawaonsen Kamakurasai

    Taking place at Yunishigawa Onsen, this event was designated as a Night View Inheritance site in 2009. It sees hundreds of candles lit up across the entire area that create a mysterious atmosphere. It’s also chosen as “one of the must-see places before you die.”

     

    Address: 1042 Yunishigawa, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture

    Running: January 26, 2019 – March 3, 2019

    Candle Lighting: 5:30pm-9:00pm

    *Subject to cancellation depending on weather conditions.

    Closed: Wednesdays & Thursdays

    TEL: 0288-22-1525

    Website: https://www.tochigiji.or.jp/event/1064/

     

    Okunikko Yumoto Onsen Snow Festival 2019

    This event began in a desire make use of the abundant snow and light up nighttime Okunikko. Ice sculptures created by hotel chefs from inside and outside the prefecture will be set up on January 31. In February, around 500 snow lights will be set up at the hot springs, and illuminations will glow against the snowy walls.

     

    Address: Yumoto, Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture

    Running: February 2, 2019 – February 10, 2019

    Illumination Time: 5:00pm-9:00pm

    TEL: 0288-62-2570

    Website: http://www.nikkoyumoto.com/

     

    Tochigi Prefecture is easily accessible from Tokyo, so if you’re in Japan then take advantage of this season to go and see some enchanting nighttime scenery.

  • “Blue Grotto SHIBUYA”, is the collaboration of fantastic illumination and beautiful tones at the Shibuya Koen dori

    02.December.2018 | SPOT

    “Blue Grotto SHIBUYA” (Ao No Dokutsu) runs from Koendori street to Yoyogi Koen Keyaki Namiki street from November 30th(Fri) to December 31st(Mon).

    Sound has been added to this year’s light show performance, which was very popular last year. The sound of ringing bells accompanies the light show and makes you feel winter has come. Everyone can enjoy this illumination show with both their eyes and ears.

    Ao no Dokutsu bolognaise  ¥460(tax included)

    Blue Champagne

    「Ao no Dokutsu Blue Parks」opens the same as last year, offering Nisshin Foods「Ao no Dokutsu bolognaise, blue champagne and hot blue lemonade inspired by the blue grotto.

    There is a BLUE CUBE from the commercial of 「Ao no Dokutsu」as a photo spot. The

    exterior is very sophisticated, and the inside is a completely different style from the outside with surfaces mirrored in blue decoration, creating a fantastic illusion. During the Christmas season, the illumination is linked with the sound of piano.

    Everyone can enjoy this collaboration of light and sound「Ao no Dokutsu SHIBUYA」with family and friends!

  • Best Tokyo Illuminations: December 2018 to February 2019

    01.December.2018 | FEATURES / SPOT

    Every year during Japanese wintertime the streets are lit up with big, bright and beautiful illuminations. They are of course held all the way up to Christmas but can be enjoyed all the way into February. Here’s our list of must-see Tokyo illuminations this year.

     

    Keyakizaka Illuminations (Running until December 25)

    Around 700,000 LED lights will decorate the trees of Keyakizaka street, bringing to light that charming feeling of Tokyo wintertime. This marks the 15th year of the street’s illuminations, and this year’s theme is “LIVE veil.” Passersby will be greeted with the glow of crisp blue and snow white LED lights. The bridge located in the centre of Keyakizaka street will make for a great photo with Tokyo Tower in the background. These are the perfect illuminations to visit if you’re sightseeing in Tokyo!

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/128726

     

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    Roppongi Hills Christmas 2018
    Location: Roppongi Hills (Roppongi Keyakizaka-dori, 66 Plaza, West Walk, Roppongi Hills Arena, Oyane Plaza, and elsewhere)

    Website: http://www.roppongihills.com/

     

    Marunouchi Bright Christmas 2018 (November 8 – December 25)

    The Marunouchi area is currently hosing an event titled Marunouchi Bright Christmas 2018 in collaboration with famous Japanese singer Yuming who is celebrating her 46th anniversary this year since her debut. A Christmas tree called the “Knit Tree” made in collaboration with the singer is currently on display at the Marcube on the first floor of the Marunouchi building, the main vneue for this event. The tree is decorated with dazzling illuminations as Yuming’s songs provide the soundtrack to the room.

     

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    Marunouchi Bright Christmas 2018

    Running: November 8, 2018 – December 25, 2018

    Locations: Marunouchi Building, Shin-Marunouchi Building, Nijubashi Square, Marunouchi Brick Square, Marunouchi Oazo, and elsewhere

    Website: https://www.marunouchi.com/event/detail/14018/

     

     

    Illumination Island Odaiba 2018 (November 16 – December 25)

    Ten facilities in the Odaiba area including the shopping mall, hotels and transportation facilities are joining in with Illumination Island Odaiba 2018. Daiba Memorial Tree boasts as the biggest live tree in the city standing almost 20 meters high and 10 meters wide. The branches, which stretch an enormous 200 meters, are wrapped with 220,000 light, creating a captivating scene.

     

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    Illumination Island Odaiba 2018

    Running: November 16, 2018 – December 25, 2018

    Participating Facilities: 10

    Website: https://rurubu.jp/redirect/article/4683/

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    Megurogawa Minna no Illumi 2018 (November 9 – January 6)

    Meguro River is famous for its cherry trees which line stretch 4km along the waters and bring beautiful cherry blossoms in spring. This winter, Megurogawa Minna no Illumi 2018 (‘Meguro River: Illuminations for Everyone’) is seeing the path along the river decorated with lights which will reflect off the water’s surface. The Fuyu no Sakura® (‘Winter Cherry Blossoms’) flower viewing spot which was a huge hit last year has made an appearance again this year. People are enjoying the ‘winter cherry blossoms’ーthe pink illuminationsーfrom the comfort of one of the three garden igloos which all have different interiors. Sitting in one of these means you don’t have to worry about wind, rain or cold weather.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/137108

     

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    Megurogawa Minna no Illumi 2018

    Locations: Meguro River / Gotanda Fureai Waterside Square (2-9 Higashi-Gotanda, Shinagawa, Tokyo)

    Illumination Period: November 9, 2018 – January 6, 2019

    Illumination Time: 17:00-22:00 (Will go ahead during rain)

    *Closed during storms. Additionally, illumination time will begin at 17:30 on November 9 only.

    Entry: Free

    Access: 6-minutes on foot from Osaki Station and Gotanda Station via JR Lines

    TEL: 03-5330-7675

    Official Website: http://www.minna-no-illumi.com/

     

    Shinjuku Minamilumi Illuminations (November 14 – February 14)

    The Shinjuku Minamilumi illuminations have made their sixth return to the south exit of Shinjuku Station again this year. “Minamilumi” is a portmanteau of minami no illumination (‘south illuminations’) and minna de miru illumination (‘illuminations to watch with everyone’). Each pedestrian area around the south exit is currently adorned with many different illuminations. Each location is within walking distance from the other, so you can spend a nice relaxing time strolling and seeing the different lights that will welcoming this year’s winter.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/125425

     

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    Shinjuku Minamilumi Illuminations

    Areas: Shinjuku Southern Terrace / Takashiyama Times Square / Shinjuku Maynds Tower / JR South Shinjuku Bldg. / JR Shinjuku Miraina Tower / Suica’s Penguin Park

    Closest Stations: Shinjuku Station (JR Line, Odakyu Line, Keio Line, Toei Shinjuku Line, Oedo Line) / Shinjuku-Sanchome Station (Fukutoshin Line)

    Running: November 14, 2018 – January 14, 2019

    Illumination Times: 5:00pm-12:00am

    *4:30pm-12:00am in December.

    *Illumination areas, content and details subject to change.

     

    Omohara Beer Forest Illuminations (November 15 – February 28)

    The Omohara Beer Forest―located on the sixth floor rooftop of Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku―is currently hosting an illumination event. The illuminations have brought a mix of natural light and gentle fairy lights to central Harajuku. 16,000 illuminations bask the surrounding space and trees with warm light. A space surrounded by trees will give rise to 16,000 illuminations with warm light. Opening hours have been extended to 11:00pm from the usual 9:00pm for the Christmas and New Year periods. A perfect place to stop by after work or shopping.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/135593

     

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    Omohara Illuminations

    Running: November 15, 2018 – February 28, 2019

    Location: Omohara Beer Forest (Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku 6F Rooftop, 4-30-3 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo)

    Time: 17:00-23:00 (Last Entries 22:30 – subject to changes during New Year’s Holiday)

    Website: https://omohara.tokyu-plaza.com/

     

    Illuminations are a big part of Japan’s winter culture, so take your friends and loved ones this year.

  • TENOHA Christmas Fes 2018 Arrives at TENOHA DAIKANYAMA

    26.November.2018 | SPOT

    TENOHA Christmas Fes 2018 at TENOHA DAIKANYAMA in Daikanyama, Tokyo began on November 22. There are lots of events to look forward to.

    MIRRORBOWLER Presents TENOHA Christmas Fes 2018 HOLY LIGHTS ILLUMINATION
    Running: November 22, 2018 – January 10, 2019 (Illumination Time: 16:00-23:00)
    Japanese art group MIRRORBOWLER is in charge of TENOHA DAIKANYAMA’s illuminations this year, putting on a display that combines light and shadow. The myriad reflections and sparkly lights will speak to people’s hearts.

     

    TENOHA Christmas Fes 2018 OPENING RECEPTION (*FINISHED)
    Running: November 21, 2018 at 18:00-22:00 (Illumination Time: From 19:00)
    The pre-festival opening day on November 21 saw a magical Christmas atmosphere created through lights and music. Food by popular chefs was prepared and there was live music and DJ performances. Special guests were also invited to the illumination ceremony.


    *Christmas Marche*
    Running: November 22, 2018 – November 25, 2018
    The holiday season will be brightened by up the Christmas market in the courtyard which will sell ornaments, gifts, food and drink.

     

    &STYLE RESTAURANT – “Il Menu di S.T Natale da TENOHA X’mas” Christmas Course
    Available: December 23, 2018 – December 25, 2018
    Enjoy a Christmas dinner in the fancy &STYLE RESTAURANT where you can feast on international seasonal vegetables and a line-up of gorgeous food specially prepared by the chefs.

     

    bondolfi boncaffē – Colourful Winter Mousse / 5 Colours (¥600 each)
    Available: December 1, 2018 – December 25, 2018
    bondolfi’s original colourful mousses will brighten up the winter. Available for the month of December, each mousse combines two flavours.

     

    &STYLE STORE
    *DECORATE*
    Running: November 21, 2018 – December 25, 2018
    Over at the &STYLE STORE they will sell a whole range of Xmas ornaments. Find your favourite!

     

    *GIFT*
    Running: December 1, 2018 – December 25, 2018
    Christmas Wrapping: December 22, 2018 – December 25, 2018
    The &STYLE STORE will also stock a whole range of gifts for men, women and children. Each item has its own story and can’t be found anywhere else.

    &STYLE STORE – Christmas Window Installations
    For 2018, the TENOHA &STYLE STORE will have Christmas window installations with a holy tinge to them, recreating the world of a girl in her dreams is both gorgeous and cute. When you knock on the window door you can enjoy a captivating light performance.

     

    There are many other events happening at this year’s TENOHA Christmas Fes too, so head to Daikanyama for a Christmas to remember full of beautiful illuminations, fun and exciting experiences and delicious food.

  • Enjoy Winter Illuminations at Gunma Flower Park

    23.November.2018 | SPOT

    Yousei-tachi no Gakuen (‘Academy of Faries’) is an illumination festival at Gunma Flower Park currently running until January 14, 2019. A large firework display is set for November 24 where 3,650 fireworks will be launched into the sky.

    Gunma Flower Park ranked in 10th place in Japan’s 6th National Illumination Awards.

    The park has been decorated with 1 million round lights for the event. Projection mapping is also being used and laser shows are taking place, all themed on fairies.  Attendees are invited to board the locomotive to ride around the illuminated park with a guide on board.

    The colour red flows through the greenhouse which has been potted with poinsettias, cyclamens and Christmas roses. There is also a large fir tree to complete the Christmas garden decked out with ornaments and gorgeous lights.

    The shops and restaurant are also serving up a range of items and food for the event, making it the perfect place to visit with that special someone to make some wintertime memories.

  • New Crimson Red Illumination Event to Hit Nihonbashi from November 30

    19.November.2018 | SPOT

    Shinku no Hikari Machi ~Nihonbashi~ (“Town Illuminated in Deep Crimson ~Nihonbashi~”) is a new event coming to Nihonbashi that’s set to dye the town in deep red hues starting on November 30. The entire area along with Edo Sakura-dori will be illuminated by captivating crimson.

     

    Nihonbashi has a history with Edo period textile patterns, and this is what the event is themed on – it will combine patterns with winter lights. Some of the must-see illuminations around the town include Mitsui Honkan, a historical building that has been designated as important cultural property, Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower, and COREDO Muromachi.

    Also running alongside this event will be Edo Sakura Illumination 2018, another light-up extravaganza of crimson and champagne gold along Edo Sakura-dori which connects to Chuo-dori Street.

     

    While enjoying the lights you can enjoy the perfect winter food at the Attaka Fair which will be held at COREDO Muromachi and Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower. Those who take a photo of themselves at the fair on Instagram will receive a range of specially made products from around Japan to warm yourself up in winter. There will also be a talk event themed on appreciating the beauty of Edo patterns and Ise-katagami, the Japanese craft of making paper stencils for dyeing textiles.

    “Edo Komon Patterns x Winter Lights”

    Location: Chuo-dori (中央通り)

    Running: November 30, 2018 – December 28, 2018

    Time: 17:00-23:00

    “Edo Sakura Illumination 2018”

    Location: Edo Sakura-dori (江戸桜通り)

    Running: November 30, 2018 – December 28, 2018

    Time: 17:00-23:00

    “Attaka Fair” Food

    Location: COREDO Muromachi 1, 2 & 3 / Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower

    Running: November 30, 2018 – December 28, 2018

     

    There are plenty events happening this winter to enjoy with friends and family in Nihonbashi, so if you’re in Japan be sure to get involved!

  • Christmas Candle Night 2018 to Take Place at Karuizawa Kogen Church

    07.November.2018 | SPOT

    Countless candles are set to illuminate Karuizawa Kogen Church from December 1 to 25 for Christmas Candle Night 2018. The church, located in the town of Karuizawa which was opened by missionaries, is open to all people and loved by many people.

    The church, encased tranquilly amongst the trees and nature, has a long history dating back to 1921. It initially began in the Taisho Period as a place where highly educated people gathered including Japanese author Tōson Shimazaki and poet Hakushū Kitahara. It continues today as a church that welcomes anybody who visits it.

     

    Warm Glowing Lantern Candles in the Holy Forest and the Illuminated Crossroads

    Candles stood in lanterns will light up the forest surrounding the church, and a 6 meter tall fern tree will glow against the night sky. The illuminated crossroads that run through the forest will transform the area into a magical and mysterious marvel as gentle lights flicker before you.

    Date: December 1, 2018 – December 25, 2018

    Time: 18:30-21:00

    Lantern Strolling Through the Holy Forest

    Just as the missionaries paved the way for Karuizawa, so too will you be able to stroll through the forest lit only by the lantern you carry and the candles surrounding you. This is a chance to make some Christmas memories you wouldn’t be able to in the city.

    Date: Weekends from December 1 to 23 / December 24 and 25

    Time: 18:30-21:00

    *Lanterns provided

    Christmas Song & Prayer

    A musical ensembles of hand bells and harps will be carried out as will song and music with a gospel choir and pastor. Enjoy praying, singing and feeling with music.

     

    Hand Bell & Harp Ensemble

    Date: Saturdays and December 24

    December 1 and 8 – 19:00/20:00

    December 15, 22 and 24 – 18:30/19:30/20:30

    *20 minutes per session

     

    Christmas Song & Prayer

    Date: Sundays and December 25

    December 2 and 9 – 19:00/16:00

    December 16, 23 and 25 – 18:30/19:30/20:30

    *20 minutes per session

     

    The Holy Night’s Gentle Melody

    The gentle tune of a music box will calm people’s hearts just as the sounds heard in Karuizawa’s forests do, like the cries of birds and trees rustling in the wind.

    Date: Weekends from December 1 to 23 / December 24 and 25

    December 1, 2, 8 and 9 – 19:20/20:20

    December 15, 16, 22, 23, 24 and 25 18:50/19:50/20:50

    *5 minutes per session

    Binding Thoughts & Feelings Into Christmas Letters

    The church treasures the time it takes to put together a letter to send to someone. Write a special letter to that special someone.

    Date: Weekends from December 1 to 23 / December 24 and 25

    Time: 18:30-21:00

     

    Enjoy a calm and peaceful Christmas this holiday season at Karuizawa Kogen Church.

  • Omohara Beer Forest Illuminations in Omotesando to Begin on November 15

    20.October.2018 | SPOT

    The Omohara Beer Forest―located on the sixth floor rooftop of Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku―is hosting an illumination event from November 15 to February 28 next year.

     

    The Omohara illuminations will bring a mix of natural light and gentle fairy lights to central Harajuku. A space surrounded by trees will give rise to 16,000 illuminations with warm light, evoking a sense of nostalgia from somewhere and makes you relax.

    The illuminations can be enjoyed through Christmas and the New Year’s Holidays. Opening hours will be extended to 11:00pm from the usual 9:00pm for people to gaze at.

     

    Tokyu Plaza will also be decked out with plenty of Christmas gifts up until December 25 including clothes, cosmetics and other miscellaneous items, so head there this holiday season to feel that nostalgia Christmas feeling.

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