Christmas decorations abound in Tokyo at this time of year, and Christmas trees are no exception. It seems every business and professional building, shopping center, and hotel puts up a massive tree display – some real:
and some “creative interpretations.”While many are real trees, like the one in the photo above (in a building near Tokyo Station) interpretive trees are just as common. Among my favorites (so far):
The twinkling “tree of lights” at Solamachi / Skytree Shopping Center. (Extra points for the blue-and-white color scheme, and the resulting inadvertent nod to Hanukkah…)
The floral tree on the Solamachi patio, near the entrance to the Tokyo Skytree. This one stands over 20′ tall, and is made entirely from live flowers:
And the “forget the tree, let’s make a pile of giant balls” display outside Cartier at Roppongi Hills:
Some of Toko’s humbler offerings are no less joyful, despite their lack of illuminated flair. I enjoyed the ingenuity of this Roppongi tree constructed from boxed Christmas ornaments:
and let us never forget the tree-shaped Kurisumasu keeki (Christmas cake) that graces the shelves of every pastry shop in Tokyo – including this tasty Family Mart offering.
Regardless of what, or whether, you celebrate in December, Tokyo’s lights and fun displays make this a special, glowing time to visit the Japanese capital. If you have the chance, I hope you’ll come and see Tokyo’s glittering winter trees.
Do you have a favorite Christmas or holiday tree? Which of the ones above do you like best?