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Christmas in Tokyo

As promised, I took my new Sony camera for a test shoot in the evening. I decided to go around Tokyo taking photos of Christmas illumination. These are my most favorite spots.

Christmas tree at Villa Fontaine hotel in Shiodome

Me and the girls at Austrian embassy Christmas bazaar

Roppongi Hills Christmas bazaar

They are selling delicious German food all through December so if you want to try some pretzels with beer or white cheese sauce pasta, head to the bazaar in front of Toho Cinema.

This is Christmas village decorations at Shiodome

Beautiful Caretta illumination. You can see how it looked two years ago here.

Shiodome from Yurikamome line

Odaiba skyline at sunset

Keyakizaka street illumination at Roppongi Hills. This one is right in front of entrance to the TV Asahi. When I was passing it, the familiar smell of the lobby hit me. I used to go there for three and a half years every Saturday evening for live broadcast of Sma-Station. That were super fun times because I got to hang out with my best friends and get paid for it. ^-^

Keyakizaka street, in front of new Michael Kors shop. A strong earthquake hit at the moment I was taking this picture. It felt like the train was passing underground only there is no train there so I was very puzzled at first. Then, a minute later I got all these Facebook messages with people screaming “Earthquake” and that’s how I realized what it was. When you are outside, you can’t really comprehend if it’s a strong one or not. Apparently it was the strongest and longest one since 3/11 earthquake last year. Luckily, the trains didn’t stop for too long. I was able to get home without any trouble.

Armani store at Keyakizaka street

Beautiful LED lights

I discovered this great “star” effect while playing with blur function on my Sony. If I make it really sharp and hold the camera still, it creates these beautiful stars out of light.

Self-portrait using retractable screen. Again, I look like a tourist here.. Need to get some tips on how to pose from my friend Laura..

Louis Vuitton store at Keyakizaka street

Illumination at Mori garden in front of TV Asahi

Tokyo tower from Roppongi Hills

66 Plaza Illumination at Roppongi Hills sponsored by Suntory whiskey. You can try various whiskey samples right next to it.

Midtown illumination

Christmas decorations at Midtown

Trees in front of Ritz Carlton hotel at Midtown

Starlight garden illumination at Midtown sponsored by Emirates airline

Christmas tree in front at Midtown

Sakura illumination at Meguro river sponsored by Mitsui residential. It is run on used cooking oil – very cool!

So I am extremely happy with my new camera. It takes amazing night pictures that are sharp and bright. I think I made the right choice although I still feel quite sentimental about parting with my old Lumix GF1…

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. ольга #

    Какая красота! Надеюсь я скоро это увижу :)

    December 10, 2012
  2. These photos are stunning! I’m looking forward to my trip to Tokyo in the new year. May I ask which type of camera you have. Thanks!

    December 10, 2012
  3. I am so glad I found your blog because I am such a huge fan of EVERYTHING JAPANESE <3 Yes I gotta agree with Gabrielle that the photos are stunning and the view are killing! I really wish I could spend Christmas in Japan. Never got to celebrate a white Christmas :< Update more and kill us with your awesome life <3

    December 11, 2012
  4. Ferz #

    So happy every time you post! That picture of the Tokyo Tower was so nostalgic for me because of all the anime I used to watch as a kid. There would always be an establishing shot of it or of Ferris wheel or the river. I want to go to Tokyo so bad! But I would want to go to nice, interesting places like the ones you feature here. I wouldn’t want to end up in all these tourist traps!

    December 12, 2012
  5. I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog. I hope you haven’t given up forever! Amazing photos!

    May 30, 2013
  6. There is no doubt about Tokyo is really a great tourist destination in Japan.

    But I have never visited the city on the day of Christmas celebration.

    I will definitely think to plan a trip to Tokyo to celebrate up coming Christmas festival.

    Thanks for posting the article.

    May 30, 2013

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