Welcome all to 2007!
The following is the chain of illuminations done here in Tokyo on the ocassion of New Year and christmas.
There was this huge christmas tree at Odaiba koen. You can see the Rainbow bridge in the background. It is like the Manhattan bridge in New York. It connects the man made Odaiba island with the main land of Tokyo. The Tokyo tower, replica of the famous Eiffel tower(its taller by 33 meters though) can be seen as a tiny orange speck behind the Rainbow bridge.
This was taken from the Decks, the shopping mall on the island.
Shinjuku Southern Terrace lights
Ebisu Garden Place
Ebisu Garden Place has a very nice architecture.
Its a shopping mall with an Château look. It has a variety of international brands like Armani Jeans in there.
It holds a Ebisu Beer museum and a Photography museum as well. The illumination was subtle.
Hibiya Park, Fantasia
Japanese people visit shrines on the occasion on New year.
The custom is to ring the bells at shrine 108 time. They say it cleanses off the soul from bad ideas. Japanese also purchase a new paper arrow from shrines called hamaya.
These they believe absorbs all the bad luck that comes to you and thus protects you.
They burn the old hamaya at the shrines before they purchase a new one there.
The custom is similiar to the Limbu-Mirchi custom we have back in India.
These are few shrines I visited on the occasion of New year.
Mieji Jingu Shrine, Harajuku
Toyokawa Inari Shrine