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A metal sculpture takes on a surreal appearance as it catches and reflects the blue light

Tokyo Midtown Starlight Garden

280,000 LEDs in 'Starlight Garden' light show

By Cathy Cawood    - 1 min read
Venue: Tokyo Midtown When: Late Nov - Late Dec 2020

One evening at the beginning of December my friend and I headed for Tokyo Midtown to see the Christmas illuminations there. Walking along chilly streets with trees were festooned with lights, we arrived at a park were thousands of blue LEDs had been laid on the ground to create a sea of light called the Starlight Garden. 280,000 digitally controlled LEDs have been set up to deliver a light show lasting about five minutes, complete with music. It was beautiful, inspiring and romantic!

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Cathy Cawood

Cathy Cawood @cathy.cawood

 I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for 1 year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for 9 years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014.I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.

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Kim B 9 months ago
I love this time of year with all of the illumination events!
Elena Lisina 9 months ago
Fantastic illumination! And shots!
Olga 5 years ago
The first photo looks like a witch hat! Cool!
Cathy Cawood Author 5 years ago
You are right Olga, it does look like a witch hat. I was fascinated by the effect of the lights on this sculpture.
Natalia Veronica 5 years ago
The pictures were amazing!
Cathy Cawood Author 5 years ago
Thank you Natalia - but it's much better in real life!