Touch of Blue

Shibuya Blue Cave, Tokyo, Japan.

“Twinkling silver with a touch of blue,” that’s what much of Tokyo looks like in wintertime.

The quote goes back to Tatsuro Yamashita’s tune Christmas Eve  (the Japanese counterpart of Wham’s Last Christmas). That Japan has elaborate Christmas illuminations may come as a surprise, given the prevalence of Shintoism and Buddhism in the country. Well, for the Japanese, Christmas really is just another fun holiday, like Valentine’s Day and Halloween in the West.

Shibuya Blue Cave

One of Tokyo’s most popular installations is Shibuya Blue Cave. As soon as its hundreds of thousands blue LEDs are switched on, the area is packed with people almost instantly. If you prefer it quieter, the cherry blossom-like installation along Meguro River makes for a nice Christmas stroll. Located close to the Yamanote Line between its Gotanda and Osaki stations, it is in easy reach with a few hops from Shibuya. 

Meguro-gawa, Naka-Meguro, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Midtown, Minato, Tokyo, Japan.