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Marunouchi Illuminations

By Vivian Morelli

Move over Halloween, Christmas comes even earlier this year – we are in Japan, after all – and once again the streets surrounding Marunouchi will be beautifully illuminated in anticipation of the holidays.

Even though many of us are still contemplating Halloween costume ideas, dazzling fairy lights are already illuminating Naka-Dori and the surrounding Marunouchi area. The annual Marunouchi Illuminations begin early this year, starting in October and running through to February 17, 2013. More than one million ‘champagne-coloured’ LEDs will shine from hundreds of trees along Naka-dori Ave.

In an effort to save energy and remain environmentally-conscious, a special LED bulb called “eco-illumination” was specially developed for the event. First introduced last year, the bulbs are said to reducing power consumption by nearly 65 percent over conventional LEDs while managing to retain their brightness. The event also uses renewable energy to limit the impact on the environment.

You have until February to view the gorgeous illuminated streets but to get into the spirit – if you are ready? – we suggest heading there before Christmas, perhaps pop along before a halloween party?

Marunouchi Illuminations

When: From now until Feb. 17, 2013. 5:00 p.m. ~ 11:00 p.m. (until 12:00 a.m. during December)

Where: Naka-dori Ave. and other locations in Marunouchi, from Tokyo station  (see map)

How much: Free

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by Vivian Morelli (Photo: ys* on flickr)