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 stems from Tatsuro Yamashita’s tune Christmas Eve, which is about Japan’s equivalent to Last Christmas by Wham. The country’s elaborate Christmas illuminations may come as a surprise, given that the Japanese are almost exclusively of Shintoist and Buddhist belief. In fact, Christmas is celebrated there as a fun holiday, in line with festivities such as Valentine’s Day and 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 no less impressive, 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.