Shinjuku Southern Lights 2008: Penguins in Shinjuku!

Finally the people who create the Shinjuku Southern Lights saw the light – or rather the penguin: After visiting Rikugien I made a stopover at Shinjuku station to see this year’s illumination. It’s really an improvement compared to last year and they had a couple of penguins on display with Christmas hats and wards.

Shinjuku Southern Lights Trees

Of course the trees were decorated as well, although in the same fashion as last year. Shinjuku Southern Lights is an annual event held at the Shinjuku Southern Terrace. There is a Starbucks and a Krispy Kreme donut store, the latter one easily recognisable because there is always a long queue of people waiting to buy a donut regardless of the weather. My theory is that fifty percent are only joining the queue because they saw other people waiting there.

Shinjuku Southern Lights 2008
Shinjuku Southern Lights 2008

Anyway, highlight of this year’s illumination was probably a small dome with a lamp resembling a well inside it. Couples or family went inside, pressed some button and then the well would change colour and mumble something. Wow!

Shinjuku Southern Lights Penguins
Shinjuku Southern Lights Penguins

Mia Jaap

Journalist, developer and passionate about Japanese and Korean language. Japan is my #1 country for travelling, penguins my favourite animals.

One thought on “Shinjuku Southern Lights 2008: Penguins in Shinjuku!

  • 19. December 2008 at 02:56

    Penguins make everything better. Right?

    Soon everyone in Tokyo will be as fat and unhealthy as Americans if they can’t keep away from Krispy Kreme. 🙂


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