Shoppers view holiday-season illuminations in Tokyo's Omotesando district. (Hiroshi Kawai)
Tokyo's Omotesando district burst into light Tuesday evening when holiday illuminations adorning the main boulevard were turned on.
At 6 p.m., nearly a million light-emitting diodes lit up the 153 trees lining the 1 kilometer-long Omotesando Street. Spectators cheered when organizers threw the switch.
The illumination returned to the up-scale shopping district last year after an absence of a decade.
To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the founding of Meiji Shrine and its Omotesando approach, a record 900,000 LED lights were used this year, compared with 630,000 last year.
The lights will be switched on daily from sunset to 10 p.m. through Jan. 3.