Tokyo Midtown Christmas Lights: Illumination as Large-Scale Animation!

Christmas Lights & Illumination in Tokyo - AkihabaraNews.com

イルミネーションです!
Tokyo Midtown - Roppongi

Forgive, if you will, the on-the-way-home, low-q, but high-res video. This illumination as animation display is one of Tokyo's most original and entertaining, and we had to share.

The Tokyo Midtown shopping center (map with streetview) is minutes from our office, and nightly, upon temporarily escaping the laptop-based internet, we pass by this lovely reminder of the season.

We also totally dig that no small amount of light choreography went into this particular display; there are black holes, shooting stars, pulsating... somethings, and even the trees in the background are wired into this live-action, large scale animation. Well done!

Your Favorites?
There currently are any number of Christmas/Holiday illumination displays around the city: Roppongi Hills, the paths around the Imperial Palace, and smaller, yet very tastefully decorated private venues as well. Tokyo Midtown is one of ours - what are your favorites?

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