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 Japan’s equivalent to Last Christmas by Wham. That the Japanese have a way with elaborate Christmas illuminations may seem a bit ironic. The country is almost exclusively of Shintoist and Buddhist belief. Christmas is celebrated just as a fun holiday, in the line of Valentine’s Day or Halloween.

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 up, the place will be packed with people instantly. A much quieter place is the similarly impressive, cherry blossom-like installation along Meguro River. It is a bit off the beaten track but, sitting on the Yamanote Line between Gotanda and Osaki stations, still easy to reach from Shibuya with a few hops. 

Meguro-gawa, Naka-Meguro, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Midtown, Minato, Tokyo, Japan.