Touch of Blue

Shibuya Blue Cave, Tokyo, Japan.

“Twinkling silver with a touch of blue” is what many spots in Tokyo look like during wintertime.

The quote comes from Tatsuro Yamashita’s tune Christmas Eve, which is about as close as it gets to Japan’s equivalent of Last Christmas by Wham. Given that Japan follows almost exclusively Shintoist and Buddhist belief, it may come as a surprise that there are such elaborate Christmas illuminations. Well, for the Japanese, Christmas is like Valentine’s Day and Halloween in the Western world, just another fun holiday.

Shibuya Blue Cave

One of Tokyo’s most popular installations is Shibuya Blue Cave. As soon as its hundreds of thousands blue LEDs are powered on, the place will be packed with people instantly. A much quieter area is the cherry blossom-like installation along Meguro River. It is a bit off the beaten track but, located close to the Yamanote Line between Gotanda and Osaki stations, still easy to reach with a few hops from Shibuya. 

Meguro-gawa, Naka-Meguro, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Midtown, Minato, Tokyo, Japan.