Touch of Blue

Keyakizaka-dori, Roppongi, Tokyo, Japan

“Twinkling silver with a touch of blue” sings Tatsuro Yamashita in Japan’s all-time favorite Christmas Eve tune. The classic song sums up what certain Tokyo areas look like during wintertime.

You may be surprised that Christmas has such a presence in a country which religious life is determined almost exclusively by Shintoism and Buddhism. Well, the Japanese celebrate Christmas as a fun holiday, pretty much like other Western holidays such as Valentine’s Day and Halloween.

Shibuya Blue Cave

One of Tokyo’s most popular Christmas illuminations 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 a quieter vibe, the cherry blossom-like installation along Meguro River makes for a nice Christmas stroll. The place is located close to the Yamanote Line between Gotanda and Osaki station, just a few hops from Shibuya. 

Meguro-gawa, Naka-Meguro, Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya Blue Cave, Tokyo, Japan.