Rikugien Garden has a well deserved reputation for being so beautifully absorbing that one loses track of time and almost forgets about the seethe of humanity just outside. Our two hours to take everything in and bring it back to the internet vanished surprisingly fast.
It’s anyone’s guess how many millions do so each year: photographers work to get the shots, lovers make illumination viewing part of their date, entire families brave the cold, and even dorky tech Editors make the trip. The annual Shiodome Caretta display is considered one of the finest, and as you’ll see below, the why is no surprise.
From upscale shopping centers to out of the way local grocery stores and business of all sorts (even a few private homes here and there), Tokyo is currently enjoying a very tasteful veneer of light-based holiday spirit. Whether we call them Christmas Lights, Holiday Decorations, or simply, as do the Japanese, Illumination, there’s no doubt that Japan both loves to play the game and is particularly good at it.