By Elena Lisina
Yebisu Garden Place, built in 1994 on the grounds of a former brewery run by Sapporo Beer, is a large commercial shopping complex, that also includes offices and apartment towers, the head office of Sapporo Beer Company, Mitsukoshi Department Store, The Westin Tokyo, restaurant Joël Robuchon, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and a movie theater.
This year, 2014, is its 20th Anniversary, and it is also the 250th Anniversary of the Baccarat Crystal Company. To celebrate both, a huge, gorgeous chandelier was made. It is obviously more than an interior decoration: The height is 8.4m, and the total number of lights in it is 410! They are planning to sell it for 410 million yen.
Some Christmas shops and a big Christmas tree are at Tokei Hiroba Square in the middle of Yebisu Garden Place. The tree, decorated with elegant crimson ornaments, shines under the blue sky in the daytime, and gives off a warm, gentle rays of peace and happiness at night.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。