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Omotesando Illumination Bokeh

  Dec 10th, 2009

The Omotesando illuminations are back after a number of years absence because they attracted too many crowds making the road too crowded for local residents and businesses. It is good to see the lights back on in Omotesando, but with the switch to eco friendly LED lights, the atmosphere seemed a little bit subdued.

Christmas bells strapped to the trees that line Omotesando-dori.

Christmas bells strapped to the trees that line Omotesando-dori.

Taking a close look at some of the small lights mixed in with the greenery. The spot lights above with varying colors are coming from car headlights, tail lamps etc.

Taking a close look at some of the small lights mixed in with the greenery. The spot lights above with varying colors are coming from car headlights, tail lamps etc.

The spot lights with varying colors are coming from car headlights, tail lamps etc.

The spot lights with varying colors are coming from car headlights, tail lamps etc.

The lights seemed colder this year. Maybe it was the switch to eco friendly LED lights?

The lights seemed colder this year. Maybe it was the switch to eco friendly LED lights?

Japanese taxis always look so clean, their paint work shining, and the little logo marks on top of the car lit up make the whole scene look like an inviting bar waiting for you to enter and have one last drink on the way home after a long night out.

Japanese taxis always look so clean, their paint work shining, and the little logo marks on top of the car lit up make the whole scene look like an inviting bar waiting for you to enter and have one last drink on the way home after a long night out.

Tiny bells and the lights from the road behind.

Tiny bells and the lights from the road behind.

Emporio Armani with a nice pink, red glow at night.

Emporio Armani with a nice pink, red glow at night.

The Dior red building glowing in the night shadows.

The Dior red building glowing in the night shadows.

Dior chose a nice shade of red for their building in Omotesando.

Dior chose a nice shade of red for their building in Omotesando.

A warm ride home at this time of night would be welcomed by most. Japanese taxis on a cold evening can be very welcoming.

A warm ride home at this time of night would be welcomed by most. Japanese taxis on a cold evening can be very welcoming.

People were leaving christmas messages on a tree outside the main Omotesando Hills complex.

People were leaving christmas messages on a tree outside the main Omotesando Hills complex.

People walking past the Soft Bank building heading down towards the illuminations.

People walking past the Soft Bank building heading down towards the illuminations.

A great way to check out the illuminations is to load up your HUMMER and roll down Omotesandori. Why didn't I think of that?

A great way to check out the illuminations is to load up your HUMMER and roll down Omotesandori. Why didn't I think of that?

Looking from the Harajuku Station end down towards the crossing with Meiji Dori and then further up to Omotesando.

Looking from the Harajuku Station end down towards the crossing with Meiji Dori and then further up to Omotesando.

16 thoughts on “Omotesando Illumination Bokeh”

  1. whipcracker says:

    RT @Shibuya246: Omotesando Illumination Bokeh, Japan Photo-Post | Shibuya246 http://bt.io/BROq Everywhere is awash with colors.
    It lights up the whole area. A nice contrast of colors used, I especially like how the colored dots of the headlights and taillights brighten up your photos. All the vehicles look shiney and new, people must take good care of their vehichles over there.
    growing up back home in Green Bay ,Wi during the christmas season my Mom and Dad would load us up in the car and we would drive around and look at all the Christmas lights. It really brings back memories from my child hood.
    Thanks for all the great articles and photos πŸ™‚

    1. shibuya246 says:

      You are welcome. I think a lot of people were glad to see the illuminations brought back to this area of town πŸ™‚

  2. Neksus says:

    In my city decorations are being put up in place just in these days.
    Maybe to save some cash on denki bills.

    Either way we don’t have such beautiful decorations, nor stores playing along with colors.

    1. shibuya246 says:

      The stores in Omotesando sure know how to impress with design, color and light. The fashion business using all its skills.

  3. paiki says:

    Woah Omotesando looks a nice and inviting place for night walks, well, credits for you that take nice pics too!

  4. shibuya246 says:

    had a request for wallpaper for some of these, so here it is with extra photos as well http://www.flickr.com/photos/shibuya246/collections/72157621590824507/

  5. katiemuffett says:

    GORGEOUS pictures – am stealing some for my little acer’s wallpapers. Nagisa Oshima has had a good run – I’d like some more contemporary images to look at for a while πŸ™‚

  6. Ayumiin says:

    So beautiful. I think I could walk around for hours in circles there without getting tired or bored. But funny… I didn’t know they had Hummers in Japan :O

    1. shibuya246 says:

      I have seen a few Hummers, but not as many as Ferraris πŸ˜‰

  7. lithiumangel says:

    Nice photo’s πŸ™‚ I’ve been lazy to go out shooting at night lately but seeing this inspires me to go out tonight with the camera in hand
    The picture fever is on ! Peeking to your EXIF data, 85 1.4 (AIS?) New lens πŸ™‚ ?

  8. Renechong says:

    Your photographs are so pretty. Especially the picture of the bells. I really like it haha. And thanks for the wallpaper link. Gonna use one of those wallpapers. ^^

    1. shibuya246 says:

      thanks. hope i can take some more xmas illuminations in other parts of Tokyo shortly.

  9. Exiv96 says:

    Great photos ! Speaking of illuminations, I liked the ones at Yebisu Garden Place. They’ve installed a large Baccarat crystal chandelier in a glass cabinet, and it looks beautiful illuminated at night.

    1. shibuya246 says:

      I think I’ll go and check that out soon. Thanks for info.

  10. thetooth says:

    hihi, very nice photos. kinda makes me long to spend xmas in japan right now.. but i’m going next year πŸ˜›

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