Tokyo Midtown Santa Xmas Tree

 

A Christmas Santa tree comes to Tokyo Midtown.

A Christmas Santa tree comes to Tokyo Midtown.

I went to see the illuminations at Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi, and found this great Santa Christmas tree.

The tree is located at the bottom of the escalator on the main floor, so plenty of people milling around to see it.

The tree is located at the bottom of the escalator on the main floor, so plenty of people milling around to see it.

Someone getting into the festive season here.

Someone getting into the festive season here.

Many shoppers out buying some xmas gifts.

Many shoppers out buying some xmas gifts.

I like the Santa on skis.

I like the Santa on skis.

Many different shapes and sizes of Santas make up this Santa Tree.

Many different shapes and sizes of Santas make up this Santa Tree.

Plenty of Santas to go around.

Plenty of Santas to go around.

Can you guess how many santas there are on this tree?

Can you guess how many santas there are on this tree?

2 friends snapping their mobile phones in unison. Taking photos with mobiles has almost become a "thing" to do.

2 friends snapping their mobile phones in unison. Taking photos with mobiles has almost become a "thing" to do. The phone on the left is taking a standard photo while the one on the right has zoomed in.

Lots of mobiles clicking away at this Christmas tree. The pictures looked to be coming out quite good too. Japanese mobiles have really good quality cameras.

Lots of mobiles clicking away at this Christmas tree. The pictures looked to be coming out quite good too. Japanese mobiles have really good quality cameras.

What type of Christmas trees do you have at your place this year?

9 thoughts on “Tokyo Midtown Santa Xmas Tree”

  1. “Taking photos with mobiles has almost become a “thing” to do.”

    Surprised you would say that, considering you’ve lived in Tokyo for years. Mobile phototaking has been the “thing” for years 😉

    1. shibuya246 says:

      Thanks. By a “thing to do”, I was thinking of it like “lets go shopping” or “lets see a movie” or “how about a cup of tea”. It has not got there yet, but these girls were obviously bonding as friends through their shared joy of taking photos with their phones. I could imagine them comparing notes later in a cafe just like they might otherwise check purchases made at a store when shopping together.

      I don’t think it is “the thing to do”, but more “a thing to do”. Not sure anyone would say “Lets go take some photos together with our mobiles”, but it has almost got to that sort of stage. ? 🙂

  2. whipcracker says:

    RT @tweetmeme Tokyo Midtown Santa Xmas Tree, Japan Living | Shibuya246 http://bit.ly/6g9ctA not to sound like a party pooper, but won’t be having a Christmas around here no extra money. Just the wife and i and the dogs. No one comes to visit our house so it’s just going to be another day.
    Gomen ne, shouldn’t have spoken like that.
    That is a right smart looking tree, must have taken a long time to put that one together. There’s 9 santas in each section, from my guess that’s alot of santas. In some of your pictures images and background is blurry, which camera did you take these with? It was the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th. great article. hope I didn’t mess it up 🙁 ?

    1. shibuya246 says:

      no money, but plenty of enjoyable family time, no doubt. You can look back on this later and probably get a few smiles or laughs out of it. Might even become “the good old times”.

      Christmas Day in Japan is normally a regular work day. Nothing special. Christmas Eve on the other hand …… special for those couples who are hooking up at this festive time of the year in Japan.

      I took these with the Nikon D700. Like lithiumangel said, it was the 85mm lens starting at f/1.4 and moving up to around 4.0 from memory. I am still trying to understand how to use the fast lenses. Some shots come out good, others I just get a blurrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Hope you guys like a lot lot of bokeh and blur. 😉

      I have to check the answer on the santas. I asked the other day and was told the correct number. Now I forgot what the answer was ^_^.

      1. lithiumangel says:

        On the subject of bokeh: If you are bored; you can try to make your own custom bokeh ! Look here: http://lifehacker.com/5142551/create-your-own-bokeh-for-beautiful-photo-effects and some examples: http://www.diyphotography.net/the-best-ways-to-create-your-own-bokeh

        I found this article earlier this morning, going to try it out somewhere this week =)

  3. lithiumangel says:

    @whipcracker: Judging from the bokeh I’d say that’s his D700+85 1.4 setup =)

    That’s a really creative christmas tree ! It’s very original. I have never heard of Tokyo midtown before ? It looks like an underground shopping place. Could it by any chance be the place you get to when you go down a really long escalator that’s infront of Roppongi Hills ? If so than I stopped by for a sec but since all the stores in that area have ridiculous prices I didn’t feel like venturing and went back upstairs to take some illlumination shots 😛

    My country uses regular trees, the larger ones at central places on the street with lights; aside from that many christmas stalls are out in these little pre-fab wooden huts (looking all cute) selling various things. Tough it doesn’t look nearly as interesting as everything thats going around in Tokyo right now.

    1. shibuya246 says:

      There are a lot of shops and restaurants in the basement as well and also shops aboveground. The xmas tree is on the ground floor. This is all in the new Tokyo Midtown complex in Roppongi which is separate to the Roppongi Hills area. I find the Roppongi Hills structure to be quite cold and almost like a big spiral corridor. The Midtown building feels much warmer and more like a large comfortable living room or hotel floor. Very nice.

      I think the shops are expensive in both places 🙂

  4. Renechong says:

    That Santa tree is really unique and cute. Very different from the usuals

  5. HELLOSHEENA says:

    That is so cool! We should do that in the states.

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