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Tokyo Midtown light-up in 2016

Tokyo Midtown was the site of another Christmas light-up in 2016.  The complex is home to the second tallest building in the city.  It has shopping, the Ritz-Carlton hotel, restaurants, cafes, a gallery and a garden.  The place is always busy.  During the festive season, the area overflowed with people.  It was great for a beginner photographer.

blue lights on Tokyo Midtown lawn

The event’s theme was the Big Bang, the birth of the Cosmo.  LEDs covered a six-meter wide “Vision Dome” in the Starlight Garden.  On the dome, comets flew around.  Four large searchlights around it sent beams high into the sky.   At twelve-minute intervals, the display erupted into a brilliant eruption of light.

champagne-colored lights on trees
Tokyo Midtown lawn area covered in lights
people on path walking past illuminated trees

In other areas were hundreds of lights shaped into enormous champagne glasses.  Elsewhere, there were more traditional displays.  Everything was very well-thought-out.  It was fantastic.


The Plaza had a large Christmas tree with “Welcome” written in thirty languages.  There was also a clock that played carols at 5:00 pm, which marked the turning on of the garden lights.  And throughout Midtown, lots of Christmas-themed stuff was happening.

Tokyo Midtown outdoor tables and illuminated trees
lights at champagned-shaped lights on Tokyo Midtown Christmas trees

Everywhere it was people, people, and more people. While looking at the Starlight Garden was nice, it was hard to get decent pictures as it was so crowded. 

light on Tokyo Midtown lawn and Tokyo Tower in rear
people watching lights on Tokyo Midtown lawn

Of course, everyone had a mobile phone or camera.  It became a waiting game until a spot opened.  If you persevered, you could get a shot. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to wait, so I wasn’t entirely happy with my photos.  Well, there is always next time!

champagned-shaped lights on Tokyo Midtown Christmas trees

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