We are spoilt for choice when it comes to Christmas in the Kanto area. Between Santa meet and greets, gospel choirs, winter illumination and various workshops, there is some element that reminds us of home. For some, including myself, candles play an important role in Christmas celebrations. Even in Japan they have what they call “candle nights” for peace and hope during the holiday season. There are 3 candle nights that I know of in the Greater Tokyo area.
Candle Night for a Million
The first is a fabulous and very romantic display of candles in a wedding reception and bridal shop, Chapelle Des Anges, near Omotesando station. Inside their chapel they will light hundreds of candles on December 21st. The event starts at 7pm on weekdays, excluding Tuesdays. From 8pm they turn off all the chapel electric lights and leave only the candles burning. It is a free event open to the public. They also have other events running during the month of December. Please note there is no parking. Queries to 03-3402-7222 or you can find more information in Japanese on their website:
The Yamate Italian Garden will hold their 2015 Candle Night on December 19th. The candles and floating candles will be lit at sunset and will remain lit until 7pm. This is a free event open to the general public. Please note there is no parking. Queries to 045-662-8819 or you can find more information in Japanese on the Kanagawa tourism website:
Hakone Venetian Glass Musuem in Kanagawa Prefecture have a candle night event running from December 1st to 25th. You do not have to pay for the event per se; it is included in the regular museum entry fee of 1500 yen for adults, 1,100 yen for high school and university students and 600 yen for primary school students. The candles will be displayed from dusk to sunset daily. Inquiries to 0460-86-3111 or you can find more information on their website: http://www.ciao3.com/top.htm. They also have an English webpage: http://www.ciao3.com/info/english/index.html