Winter may be dark and snowy, but we love the festive lighting that makes the Yuletide season so magical. While Christmas is more of a family affair in Europe and the US, celebrated mainly at home, in Japan 24 December has taken a distinctly romantic turn, enjoyed by couples out on the town. And no Christmas Eve date is complete without inspiring lighting, guaranteed to rev up the romance.
With holiday carols filling the air from mid-November, Japan’s cities come alive with spectacular displays of light. Just to the side of The Peninsula Tokyo, you can check out one of the most popular, the Marunouchi Street Illuminations, with more than 250 trees lining a 1.3-kilometre stretch of Marunouchi and Otemachi avenues strung with well over a million winter-warming lights. These eco-friendly LED lights are champagne gold-hued, in keeping with the area’s glam shopping. We can almost hear those cork’s popping!
Even closer to home, the hotel also has special illuminations of its ambassador, Peter the Bear, at its Nakadori Street entrance and in the main Lobby until 28 December, with decorations working a special “kawaii” (cute) theme for 2016. We’re not sure if Peter is a rival to the more old-school Pooh, but we reckon there’s room for two kawaii bears in the run-up to Christmas…
Marunouchi Illuminations / Marunouchi Nakadori & Otemachi Naka Dori / 5.30pm-midnight daily / marunouchi.com
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