Christmas Illumination seems to be a big thing in Tokyo. Many parts of the cities you can really feel the X\'mas spirit with all the crazy lights. We spent a whole day in Tokyo Midtown. The place is... (continue reading...)
有人曾說, 生活的最高藝術是留白. 只有留白才能彰顯一副作品的突出; 只有瞬間凝結的無聲, 才能感受到音樂震撼的張力. 在聖誕燈節結束前的最後一天, 我們在六本木的 Tokyo Midtown 待....
... not exactly big. But it\'s one of those places that people can slow down and just wonder around for the whole day. You might find it to be a difficult to believe.. because after all, who wants to spend all day at a kind of shopping-mall complex for the whole day in Tokyo when one could go zoom zoom to all the awesome + fun places in the big city? But as what someone used to say, the greatest art to living is to save some spaces for doing nothing.
This is the new airline lounge in the Taipei Songshan Airport that I mentioned in the previous post. Taipei Songshan Airport is located in the heart of Taipei City. For the past few decades, because of its size and "oldness", the Taipei Songshan Airport has become a domestic flight terminal. But with the completion of High Speed Rail, the demand for domestic flight was significantly reduced and with the open-up of direct flights to mainland China, its convenient location was highly valued and so the airport was opened up for direct flights to China and other nearby Asian cities like Tokyo.
The old airport sort of just started its renovation before it was opened for direct flights to China and other Asian cities. Don\'t think it knew it\'d one day become an international airport again so you might think this airport is a bit behind its time. Nevertheless, things are changing slowly I think.
We were staying in the Shinjuku area. The place is full of mega shopping malls and stores. it\'s also very convenient in terms of transportation (main rail lines and metro lines). The shopping areas were all very decorated for some Christmas spirits.
Some of the more ornate decoration pattern.
The city in lights.
而這個國立新美術館是這次的遺憾. 列為下次必去之點 no. 2.
The second day was the day for Roppongi excursion. The metro station is only a few stations away from our hotel\'s closet metro. And the museum in the photo is something we missed this time due to renovation so this is a must-visit for the next trip.
The Tokyo Midtown complex is a combination of shopping + business buliding + art galleries. The interior decoration utilized a lot of the warmer colours and wood/bamboo. The place is also quite spacious as well.
The Santa Tree.
The building and interior design.
Even the smoking room in here is pretty chic.
The building gives you a lot of places to breathe. From this large window, you see the back garden with designer sculptures and lots of greenery. This was also the stage for the evening Christmas illumination show.
Art fills the space. There\'s a sort of "opening" ( or "cave") on the other side of this piece, so kids would dive into it.
The other space is full of light.
The big spider on Roppongi Hills. The area around Roppongi Hills is a bit more messy/disorganized compare to Midtown.
But from there you can go to the observation deck and view the city below or catch a glimpse of the Tokyo Tower from outside of the shopping complex.
I made a Tokyo Tower lamp some time ago but people always thought it was an Eiffel Tower. I guess what makes a Tokyo Tower a Tokyo Tower is its colours as well.
Christmas Midtown Illumination is quite famous. They even have an illumination guide printed to tell you about the route that you should take to see the illuminations.
The Starlight Garden in a blur. It\'s a Christmas light show that starts around mid November and ends one day after Christmas Day. So we were there on its last day to capture the last Christmas lights of 2010.
這邊有錄到一點點的 video, 但人實在太多啦, 而且大家得順著一個方向走, 所以就只能先拍到這角度啦.
I recorded a bit of the Starlight Garden here. The shooting angle wasn\'t too good and there were too many people around so I guess at least you can catch a glimpse of it.
The 21_21 Design Sight illuminated at night. This is a work of the famous Tadao Ando.
Other building by Tadao Ando visited:
- [ Kyoto ] We Travel in Tadao Ando\'s Times
More photos on MY FLICKR:
1. [ Tokyo ] Count Down to 2011 // [ 東京 ] 倒數 2011
2. [ Tokyo ] Midtown Christmas and Roppongi // [ 東京 ] 六本木的聖誕銀河
3. [ Hakone ] Hyatt Regency at Kami Gora // [ 箱根 ] 上強羅的 Hyatt Regency Hotel
4. [ Hakone ] Dining at Gora Kadan // [ 箱根 ] 強羅花壇的懷石料理
5. [ Hakone ] The Fire and Ice of the Landscape // [ 箱根 ] 湧谷與海賊蘆之湖
6. [ Hakone ] A 300 Year Onsen Ryokan // [ 箱根 ] 三百年的溫泉旅館
7. [ Tokyo ] Dining in Hongo // [ 東京 ] HONGO 吃天婦羅去
8. [ Tokyo ] Asakusa on the Last of 2010 // [ 東京 ] 新年的淺草寺
Past Related Posts:
1. [ DIY ] Zakka - My Tokyo Tower // 我的東京鐵塔
2. [ Kyoto ] We Travel in Tadao Ando\'s Times // [ 京都 ] 在安藤忠雄的時間裡
3. Japan Posts // 日本旅遊相關 Posts