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!

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    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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    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!

  • Roppongi Hills Christmas 2018: Keyakizaka Illuminations, 10m Tall Christmas Tree & More!

    20.September.2018 | SPOT

    Christmas at Roppongi Hills is a bustling time having brought together 7 million people last year. There will be lots happening this year, starting with Keyakizaka street being lit up from early November up to Christmas Day. Illuminations will be held in 3 places and there will be numerous events including a Christmas market and concerts.

    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.

     

    Date: Early November 2018 – December 25, 2018
    Time: 17:00-23:00

    Location: Roppongi Keyakizaka-dori

    A Christmas market will take place at 66 Plaza which will be overlooked by a towering 10m tall Christmas tree. The tree will light up during the event making for a must-visit spot with that special someone.

     

    Date: Early November 2018 – December 25, 2018
    Time: 17:00-24:00

    Location: 66 Plaza

    If you take a stroll along West Walk you’ll also see a very unique looking “knitted” Christmas tree. This specially made tree is made of a knitted material that will feel soft to touch. You’ll even be able to lie down at the base of it. The material the tree is made of will also run through the corridor of West Walk, embracing the area with warmth.

     

    Running: November 16, 2018 – December 25, 2018 (subject to change)

    Location: 2F West Walk South Side and Corridor

    As well as the Christmas market and concert, the restaurants and cafes will also sell Christmas cakes, and there will be plenty of opportunities for Christmas shopping.

     

    Take your family, friends or special someone to Roppongi Hills for Christmas this year!

     

    ■Information

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

     

    Christmas Market 2018

    Date: November 23, 2018 – December 15, 2018

    Time: 11:00-21:00

    *On the first day (November 23) the market will open in the evening.

    *Opening times extended to 22:00 on Fridays, the weekend and December 24.

    Location: Oyane Plaza

     

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    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.

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    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.

  • A Date With Yutaro: Soaking Up the Japanese Summer Sun & Visiting the Art Aquarium | Tokyo Stroll

    16.August.2019 | FEATURES / SPOT

    It’s been a while since our last date with Yutaro. He’s been very busy with film shoots. He had some spare time today so we paid a visit to Nihonbashi for our next date. “ECO EDO Nihonbashi: Enjoy Cool Edo With All Five Senses” is an event held every year in the Nihonbashi area which takes the Edo period cultural idea of “coolness”―an in, to enjoy being cool during the summer-and puts a modern spin on it. There are many exciting things to look forward to, including the art aquarium which proves massively popular every year.

     

    We gave ourselves more time to arrive at the meeting place to be in the safe side, but it seems Yutaro-kun was already there waiting for us!

    Nihonbashi Information Center | IPPIN CAFÉ “Sparkling Herb Tea” – ¥518 (Tax Included)

    “Here, you must be boiling.” Yutaro-kun kindly offers a cup of IPPIN CAFE’s limited-edition sparkling herb tea. It’s a delicious mix of fizzy soda and lemon, a perfect refreshment for the summer. Since he ordered takeout the drink came with a goldfish straw. Goldfish are a staple sight during Japanese summer festivals so it’s very fitting for the occasion! 

     

    With our drinks in hand, it’s time to head to Nihonbashi for our Edo summer date!

    Wind-Chime Forest Path

    Lining the path between Fukutoku Shrine and Fukutoku Garden is the Wind-Chime Forest Path where around 200 Edo-style wind chimes dangled. This year, during the evenings, the path is illuminated with beautiful lighting. 

    When the breeze rolls past the wind chimes ring one by one-a cool and refreshing sound.

    “I hear each one of these Edo wind chimes are individually handmade by craftsmen.”

    When you hear the sound of the wind chimes it makes you feel cool like a gentle breeze of the wind.

     

    After strolling along the Wind-Chime Forest Path we make our way towards this year’s ECO EDO Art Aquarium event.

    The moment we step instead Yutaro is already dazzled by all the goldfish: “Wow! I knew about this place from what I’d seen online, but this my first time here! This art aquarium really is something!”

     

    The full title of the event is “ECO EDO Nihonbashi ART AQUARIUM 2019 ~Edo, Coolness of Kingyo~ & Night Aquarium.”  Goldfish were a huge part of the common culture in Nihonbashi during the Edo period. This event recreates that and brings that “coolness” aspect while combining it with contemporary art by having people observe the fish in lots of different artistic environments.

    Super Oiran

    “This is the biggest fish tank, apparently it has 3,000 fish swimming inside!”

    “Seeing the light reflect on the water from the illuminations lets you see the fish in a different light, doesn’t it?”

    Looks like Yutaro-kun is having a lot of fun taking photos.

    He’s equally interested in just about every fish tank!

    These other fish tanks have a different aesthetic to them. Their Japanese-style designs make for great photos.

    Kaleidorium 3D

    “This one’s beautiful, it’s like a kaleidoscope.”

    It really does look like one. When you take a peek instead you can glimpse all kinds of colourful fish gently swimming around.

    Ceiling Kingyo

    “There’re goldfish swimming on the ceiling too. So cool! This aquarium is incredible. It brings together the great culture of Edo and contemporary art.”

     

    The Art Aquarium bustles every single year with visitors, but this year will mark its last run. It’s being held at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall, so if you have the chance to go then please do.

    We of course checked out some local Nihonbashi treats too! We stopped by morozoff for some cheesecake after the aquarium.

    morozoff Kamadashi Cheesecake (Goldfish) – ¥270 Each (Tax Included)

    These cute cheesecakes with their goldfish designs are available for a limited time only. They’re filled with sweet red bean paste. They perfect with iced tea.

    “Got some! Let’s eat them while we head back.”

    Goldfish Lantern Walkway

    Our first date in Nihonbashi was so much fun. While on the date Yutaro-kun spoke about the new live-action film he’s in, Kaguya-sama: Love Is War.

     

    “It’s a romance film with mind games to try and make the other person confess their love. I play the character Tsubasa. His number one highlight scene is the kabedon scene. That was my first day shooting, so I was super nervous, but I got along well with the other actors, and the atmosphere on set was harmonious, so I was able to relax for the shoots. Tsubasa is a genuine guy who will believe things that have been said to him in earnest. You’ve definitely gotta check out all his scenes throughout the film!”

     

    “A lot of the cast are the same age as me, so we were all energetic together in the waiting room. There’s a scene at the end where all the cast get together. It took 3 days to shoot so we ended up getting along really well.”

     

    “This film has made me realise that love comes in many shapes, and that mind games happen in a variety of ways between guys and girls. There’s cute scenes that express that small bit of pride that teenagers have, the embarassment they feel, when they get butterflies, scenes that will warm your heart. The film has various elements to it so I thoroughly enjoyed watching it myself. I hope that couples in love in their teens and twenties watch it, and I also hope that married couples watch it and crack up laughing too.”

     

    “In the film it’s summer break, and they go and see fireworks and stuff. It’s definitely one to watch durnig the summer. You’re gonna come watch it too, right? Shall we go?”

     

    An offer we cannot refuse! We’ll definitely go and see it with you, Yutaro-kun! 

     

    Model: Yutaro

    Writer: Yuki Yokoo

    Photographer: Kayo Sekiguchi

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    Yutaro

    Yutaro was born in Hiroshima on June 3rd 1998. His modeling career has earned him lots of attention as a fashion icon of the new generation. The famous model also works as a “charisma” shop assistant. Yutaro has gained his reputation as a “mysterious and handsome guy” from his appearance on Japanese variety shows. His debut was made on the show “Gyoretsu no Dekiru Horitsu Sodanjo” and has since then appeared on numerous different TV shows. He challenged himself to appear on stage for the very first time in March this year and is gaining popularity by the day for his diverse work.

  • New Snorlax & Poké Ball Meals Arriving at the Pokémon Cafe in Nihonbashi

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    The Pokémon Cafe in Nihonbashi is introducing a new Snorlax plate―inspired by the huge Snorlax that is sitting outside Pokémon Center Tokyo DX―and Poké Ball dessert bowl to its menu on August 10. These will be served with certain dishes in the cafe and can also be bought as merchandise there too so you can use them at home.

    Snorlax’s Stomach-Filling Afternoon Nap Lunch Plate – ¥1,922 (Tax Included)

    If you want a satisfied belly like Snorlax then you’ll want to order the hearty lunch plate. And after that you can take a nice afternoon nap. Just make sure not to block any routes or anything!

    I Choose You!! Poké Ball Dessert Bowl – ¥1,706 (Tax Included)

    What does it look like inside the Poké Ball? It’s being kept a secret by the Pokémon Cafe so you can only know if you visit! What kind of Pokémon could be sleeping inside…?

    Ingredients: Berry flavoured jelly, strawberry spongecake, strawberries, wafers, whipped cream, crepe, mint

    Pokémon Café Snorlax Plate – ¥2,160 (Tax Included)

    Pokémon Café Poké Ball Donburi Bowl – ¥2,160 (Tax Included)

    If you want your own Snorlax plate or Poké Ball bowl then keep in mind that supplies at the cafe are limited. And don’t forget that you must make a reservation at the cafe if you want to dine there.

     

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  • ECO EDO Nihonbashi 2019: Nihonbashi Readies For Annual Summer Event

    06.June.2019 | SPOT

    The 12th annual ECO EDO Nihonbashi event is set to take place across the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo again this year from July 5 to September 23.

    ECO EDO Nihonbashi sees lots of events take place through the town that give a modern spin on the lives of those in the traditional Edo period. “Cool and refreshing” is the theme of the event and something that was born from Nihonbashi during this period. It encourages people to use of all five senses: to feel the coolness as they observe the goldfish, lanterns and fireworks, to feel it by wearing a yukata, to hear the refreshing sounds of the wind chimes by means of the wind, to taste and smell the refreshing gourmet food prepared, and so on.

    Goldfish Lantern Road

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    Running: July 5, 2019 – September 23, 2019

    Light-Up Time: 19:00-23:00

    Location: Nakadori Street (Between Coredo Muromachi 1 and 2)

     

    Little Path in the Wind Chime Forest

    The little path that connects Fukutoku Shrine to Fukutoku Forest will be draped with around 20 little Edo-style wind chimes. The sound of the chimes as they are brushed by the wind will allow you to enjoy the cool air. For the first time this year, the area will also be lit up in the evening. Be transported into a magical world as the wind chimes are illuminated by the beautiful lights.

     

    Running: July 5, 2019 – September 23, 2019

    Light-Up Time: 19:00-23:00

    Location: Little path at Fukutoku Forest, right beside Fukutoku Shrine

     

    Goldfish Sweets & Bar Crawl

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    Running: July 5, 2019 – September 23, 2019

     

    Kyorakutei Yukata Station (*Booking required)

    Rent out a yukata or have your own fitted onto you in a Japanese-style room with this yukata service.

     

    Running: Every Saturday from July 5, 2019 – September 21, 2019 (Except August 31)

    Business Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Rentals from 10:30-17:30)

    Location: Kyorakutei (Coredo Muromachi 3 Floor 3F)

    Price: Yukata Fitting ¥3,000 / Yukata Rental ¥5,500

    TEL: 03-5652-5403 (Shinnichiya) (Weekdays 10:00-17:00)

     

    ECO EDO Nihonbashi Art Aquarium 2019: Cool Edo & Goldfish Night Museum

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    Running: July 5, 2019 – September 23, 2019

    Location: Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall (Coredo Muromachi 1 Floor 5F. Entrance accessed via Floor 4F.)

     

    Art Aquarium Natsumatsuri Summer Festival

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    Running: Every weekend from July 20, 2019 – September 1, 2019

    Location: Fukutoku Forest

    Entry: Free (A fee is required for the goldfish scooping however)

    *Subject to cancellation during rainy weather.

    *Please check here to see the days when the Bon Odori and goldfish scooping are taking place.

     

    Lots of other fun events are taking place besides these ones too, so if you’re in Tokyo this summer be sure to get involved.

  • Royal Park Hotel Releases Luxurious Afternoon Tea Set to Celebrate 30th Anniversary

    31.May.2019 | FEATURES / FOOD

    Since opening 30 years ago in Ningyocho, Nihombashi, business has been great for Royal Park Hotel. Rather than celebrating alone, they are stretching their feelings of gratitude to their customers by releasing the Celebration Afternoon Tea Set which they will serve for a limited period at the Lobby Lounge FONTAINE located on the first floor.

     

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  • Enjoy Cherry Blossoms and Illuminations at Yomiuri Land This Spring

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    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.

     

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    Sakura Festival 2019 is set to celebrate cherry blossoms in a variety of exciting ways around the Nihonbashi region of Tokyo from March 15 to April 7.

     

    Nihonbashi has been home to many famous cherry blossom sites since long ago including Edo Sakura-dori and Hamachomidorido. This year marks the 6th run of the festival which will allow people to experience the cherry blossom season from numerous angles such as through digital art and with cherry blossom inspired food.

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    The Tree of Light – Sakura Lights

    Running: March 15, 2019 – April 7, 2019

    Light-Up Time: 17:00-20:00

    Location: Fukutoku no Mori

     

    Interactive Cherry Blossom Carpet

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    Sakura Carpet

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    Time: 17:00-23:00

    Illumination Time: 17:00-20:00

    Location: Naka-dori Street

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    Date: March 15, 2019 – April 7, 2019

    *Serving times will differ at each restaurant

    Locations: Restaurants in the Nihonbashi, Yaesu and Kyobashi areas

     

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    Location: Around Fukutoku Shrine (Naka-dori, Ukiyo Shoji)

    Enjoy the cherry blossoms in Japan this spring with lots of exciting events and food.

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    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.

     

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    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.

     

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    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/

     

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    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

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    Closed: Wednesdays & Thursdays

    TEL: 0288-22-1525

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

     

    Okunikko Yumoto Onsen Snow Festival 2019

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    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.

  • Hanami Event ‘FLOWERS BY NAKED 2019’ to be Held in Nihonbashi

    17.December.2018 | SPOT

    FLOWERS BY NAKED is set to return for the flower-viewing season again next year with an event titled FLOWERS BY NAKED 2019 -Tokyo・Nihonbashi- at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall which will run from January 29 to March 3.

     

    This immersive and artistic flower themed event has brought in 400,000 people in the past with over 54,000 Instagram posts including the hashtag #flowersbynaked on Instagram coupled with beautiful photos.

    2019 will mark the fourth run of the event where attendees can lose themselves in its gorgeous floral world. It will be made up of several areas, one of which is called “OUSAI 2019,” an art space that symbolises “Japan’s earliest hanami flower bloom.” The entire space uses projection mapping, artwork and more to create a 360° cherry blossom experience. This same area uses a riverbed as the core space, a place that has been enjoyed by Japanese people for its scenery since old times.

     

    Those in attendance can also enjoy a limited edition original beverage from FLOWERS BY NAKED made in collaboration with the tea company Lipton.

    There will be a flower arrangement display from Akane Teshigahara, the head of the Sōgetsu-ryū school of ikebana flower arrangement art, as well as a special performance from the head of the Shino school of incense Souhitsu Hachiya that combines waka poetry with circular windows, and much more. Nine of the twelve displays at the event are brand new. As well as all of this there will be workshops, a walk through Nihonbahsi and much more.

     

    Experience a different kind of hanami in Japan next year that utilises the latest in technology to create a fully immersive experience.

  • “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.

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