In 1920, in the Shibuya town was built Meiji Jingu, a magnificent shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken.
At the same time was built a 1 kilometer long street leading to the shrine (a sando in Japanese). Since it was the main frontal approach to Meiji Jingu, it received the name Omotesando (omote means “front") and on both sides of Omotesando were planted dozens of zelkova trees.
Today, Omotesando is still bordered by zelkova trees, which are illuminated in winter with LED lights, becoming one of the main attractions in Tokyo during the end of the year. Even if the Omotesando illumination is not spectacular as other winter illuminations from Tokyo, the atmosphere created is magical. The theme of this year was “One Light, One Hope” and the lights were on until today, January 3rd.
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Yesterday’s Japan Photo: