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Roppongi Christmas Illuminations

Posted in Places by tokyobling on December 15, 2013

Passing through Roppongi Hills the other night I took these photos of the Christmas Illuminations of the year. Popular as ever, there were plenty of other photographers there. Both the inside and the outside of the Rokuhiru (as us cool cats say) were decked out with lights and glimmer, not least one hall which had a number of massive disco balls, a simple but very effective decoration! In international blogs and message boards I often read negative reviews of Roppongi, which in my mind is a little bit unfair. Sure it might be one of the more “dangerous” areas of Japan, but still it is safer than any European city I have ever visited. Of course, it all depends on what kind of activities you partake in. Roppongi might not be on the top of any travel lists, but it is still interesting enough to spend a few hours in! In the old days before they redecorated Sensoji temple in Asakusa I often ended my day tours of Tokyo in Roppongi, feeling it was a lively and interesting place to finish of a long day of sightseeing. These days I feel that Asakusa can be a tastier option but I still recommend Roppongi to all my foreign friends visiting who have more than the normal short 2-3 days to spend in the capital. More photos of Roppongi to come!

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  1. Dina Farmer said, on December 15, 2013 at 5:40 am

    LOL Define dangerous in Japan. 😛 I would say that Roppongi was one of my favorite places to visit when I was there. Of course I like Shinjiku more for the fashion but still I liked visiting the Roppongi Hills area.

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    • tokyobling said, on December 17, 2013 at 12:51 am

      Exactly! I don’t think Roppongi is the least bit dangerous if you have any sorts of street smarts, but it gets a very bad rap in travel guides and online forums discussing travel in Japan, which I think is unfair. (^-^;)

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  2. Cathryn said, on December 16, 2013 at 6:24 am

    I’m interested in why Roppongi is felt to be dangerous. I’d not heard that before I went and didn’t notice anything dangerous at all except the prices in the shops!!! The tree lights look amazing.

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    • tokyobling said, on December 17, 2013 at 12:54 am

      Hahaha… yes, it is not the most price worthy place for shopping! (^-^;) There was a US embassy travel warning about the area 6-8 years ago when a few Americans claimed to have visited dodgy bars in the area, and that image still persists in the US. I am not a bar person so I can’t really comment on that but the bar scene anywhere in the world can be dangerous to foreigners not used to the local customs and not knowing which places are reputable and not. I think a lot of people go to bars in Japan expecting it to be just like everywhere else in Japan, only with alcohol, and that is not really true. There are a few more sinister bar and clubs here. (^-^;)

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  3. yoshizen said, on December 16, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Strangely I prefer Shinjuku but not Roppongi.
    —– may be the pretense there made me feel
    “Don’t make me laugh”
    So, the lighting = looks gorgeous but what are they for ?
    Are they anything to do with the birth of Jesus ?
    Do they know anything about Christianity ?

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    • tokyobling said, on December 16, 2013 at 8:48 am

      Of course they have nothing to do with Jesus or Christianity. But does the modern commercial Christmas have anything to do with Jesus? I think not. (^-^) People like lights and the commercial districts need people to survive…

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  4. melsenpai said, on December 22, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Oh how I miss the Christmas decorations all around Tokyo!! (Especially since Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year!) 🙂

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    • tokyobling said, on December 24, 2013 at 6:17 am

      Haha… I thought you would have moved back to Tokyo by now! (^-^)

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      • melsenpai said, on December 24, 2013 at 6:20 am

        I would love to move to Tokyo, but my husband is not willing to move back to Asia for a while. 🙂

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