Caretta Illumination 2011 Blue Forest uses 250,000 LEDs to light up 3D trees every 30 minutes


Caretta Shiodome in Tokyo is holding its annual winter illumination event Caretta Illumination 2011 Blue Forest until Jan 9. About 250,000 LEDs light up 3D trees every 30 minutes. The illumination performance is accompanied by music from renowned violinist Chisako Takashima.
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Caretta Shiodome is a multipurpose complex with restaurants, shops, theaters and more. It is divided into three zones. The bottom three floors are fashioned in the image of a waterfall flowing down through a canyon, and is aptly named the Canyon Terrace. The spiraling stairwell leads to restaurants, cafes and the Shiki Theater Company’s Dentsu Shiki Theater SEA.


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The two underground floors house select restaurants, cafes, shochu and Japanese tea shops, along with free entry to Japan’s first advertising museum, Ad Museum Tokyo.
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There are also seasonal events held at the outdoor Caretta Plaza on the second underground floor. You can take the see-through elevator directly from the second underground floor to the Sky Restaurant on the top floor about 200 meters above. Here you can take in a view of the Rainbow Bridge, Odaiba and Ginza while enjoying a tasty meal and a relaxing atmosphere for adults.
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Blue Forest is lit up from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. until Dec 21, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Dec 22-25, and from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. from Dec 26 to Jan 9.
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