Thursday, January 9, 2014

Tokyo Night Walk: Omotesando Illumination 2013-2014

EMU Tokyo Metro 16000 series stands at Ootesando station on the Chiyoda Line
 
Winter is known as a season of "street illumination". The winter illumination is an annual event in Japan. We can see a lot of beautiful decorations here and there. Specifically, urban streets are nicely illuminated by millions of LED lights.

The most traditional and famous illuminations in Tokyo are on Omotesando Avenue, which is a well-known fashion town built 90 years ago. In this winter, "Omotesando Illumination 2013-2014" was held for the first time in 2 years. The avenue of Japanese zelkova was ornamented with a total of 500,000 LED lights between Tokyo Metro Omotesando and JR East Harajuku stations. I visited there on the final day; but many couples and families were still enjoying this annual event.

To get to Omotesando Avenue, it is convenient to get off at Tokyo Metro Omotesando Station. 3 subway routes reach this station, namely Ginza, Hanzomon and Chiyoda lines. The Chiyoda Line is the most convenient access for people like me living on the Odakyu Line, because many Odakyu trains are directly operated into the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line.

The stylish brand new train, the EMU 16000 series is the main fleet on the line. It has high-tech Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors (PMSM) to reduce electric power consumption and also has a comfortable design such as copious use of glass to brighten the interior of the train. The interior monitors installed above the doors are also quite nice as they are very informative.
 
Omotesando Illumination 2013-2014 is held near Omotesando Station