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Christmas Trees in All 3 Haneda Airport Terminals plus Bamboo "Garden of Light"

Christmas Trees in All 3 Haneda Airport Terminals plus Bamboo

Conceptual drawing of the Garden of Light in the International Terminal.

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Huge Christmas trees are going up at Haneda Airport's Terminals 1 and 2 and the International Terminal during the month of November. The airport, located in Ohta Ward, Tokyo, is also holding the Hikari no Garden (meaning "Garden of Light") event featuring LED illuminations.

These projects grew out of the Romantic Airport Xmas 2012 in Big Bird series of Christmas events in the domestic terminals. ("Big Bird" is a nickname for Haneda Airport domestic terminals.) Starting on November 8 in Terminal 1 and November 9 in Terminal 2, seven-meter trees lit with 6,000 LED lamps went up on the second-floor Market Place in each terminal. The decorations have the same pattern as last year, with a "German Rothenburg Christmas" theme. The airport is planning to organize Christmas season events next to the trees.

The Garden of Light commenced on November 10 with 24,000 LED lamps in the Terminal 1 event area.

The International Terminal, also adopting a "German Rothenburg Christmas" theme, put up 14 trees on November 10. The tallest one, standing three meters high in the Edo Hall on the fifth floor, has 1,000 LED lamps.

Starting November 30, lighting designer Satoshi Uchihara will color the Garden of Light with roughly 200,000 LED lamps, imbuing it with a "bamboo" motif through the use of around 100 moso bamboo trees from Kyoto's Higashiyama district. The garden will be spread out among five locations: the hall to the second-floor arrivals lobby; the departures lobby and the big pillar on the third floor; and the Hiro-koji and Edo-koji alleys on the fourth floor. The lights will be on from 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., except for the first day, when they will be lit at 6:00 p.m.

The Garden of Light in the International Terminal will run until February 18, while the other installations will only stay up until December 25.

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