Roppongi Hills Christmas 2021 and Keyakizaka Lights, Tokyo’s Signature Christmas Event, Begin

17.November.2021 | SPOT

Tokyo’s favorite Christmas event has begun! Roppongi Hills is a popular destination for shopping, eating, and having a good time, and the Roppongi Hills Christmas 2021 celebration brings the complex to life with plenty of holiday spirit. The Keyakizaka Lights signal the beginning of the Christmas season in the area, and this winter tradition is not to be missed! 

Keyakizaka Lights

 

 

The 400-meter-long Keyakizaka street is covered in over 700,000 blue and white LED lights, and the scene has become a popular representation of what Christmas looks like in Tokyo. This year’s West Walk shopping arcade will also feature the special Bon-Bon Blossom installation, a Christmas tree made to look like bonbon chocolates.

 

Does this look like your ideal Christmas scene?

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    Entrance

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    [Chapter 2] The Rose of Versailles Musicals by the Takurazuka Revue

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    Since then, it has inspired a number of new musicals, and in 2014, it became one of Takurazuka Revue’s most popular productions, attracting a total audience of 5 million people. The exhibition will feature a part of the set from Oscar’s room, in which Oscar and Andre pledged their love to each other. The costumes and props work and used by Oscar and Marie will also be on display.

    <Takurazuka Revue’s Cosmos Troupe performs The Rose of Versailles – Oscar & Andre- in 2014> ©Riyoko Ikeda Production

     

    [Chapter 3] The Rose of Versailles Anime Series

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    Along with rare cels, the exhibition will discuss the show’s directors Tadao Nagahama and Osamu Dezaki, while also highlighting some of the best parts of the anime series.

     

    [Chapter 4] The Future of The Rose of Versailles

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    This part of the exhibition highlights the many collaborations, goods, and releases related to The Rose of Versailles, including overseas releases, nostalgic items, spin-off manga, and more. Are you familiar with this impactful shojo manga series?

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