Akihabara・kanda Event UDX Winter Illumination 2020 【Finished】


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Date Wednesday, November 11, 2020 to Sunday, February 28, 2021
Venue Akihabara UDX
(4-14-1, Soto-Kanda, Chiyoda-ku)
Access ・3-minute walk from JR "Akihabara Sta."
・4-minute walk from Subway "Akihabara Sta."
・3-minute walk from Subway "Suehirocho Sta."
・3-minute walk from TX "Akihabara Sta."
Organizer Akihabara UDX
Website https://www.udx-akibaichi.jp/

UDX Illumination 2020

UDX Illumination 2020
- 270,000 lights in Akihabara

This year's theme is "HAPPY WINTER ~To the world of dreams that makes your heart dance~". A total of 270,000 light bulbs will be illuminated in collaboration with the theme movie of Akihabara UDX and the decoration of Sawako Kabuki's illustrations, and will be placed in the trees on the west side of the street, on the 2nd floor deck on the east side, and in the Akihabara UDX Restaurant & Shop Akiba ICHI. In addition, there will also be a projection mapping near the entrance. These illuminations with light will add color to the streets of Akihabara.

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    West side street trees illuminated in gold

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    West side street trees illuminated in blue

At west side of Akihabara UDX, two colors of light will be shown: "blue" is to show the gratitude of the essential workers, such as medical and care workers, who are still on the front lines of the corona crisis, and "champagne gold" is to remind us of a future full of warm, gentle light, especially in these times. It lights up the streets of Akihabara with a fantastic light, switching from one to the next in every 10 minutes.

Projection mapping using the blocks of Akihabara UDX

By the entrance, Akihabara UDX's projection mapping will be shown for the first time. Santa Claus and reindeer will provide a Christmas atmosphere while making use of the blocks on the exterior wall.

Date Wednesday, November 11 to Friday, December 25, 2020
Time 3:00 pm ~ (may change)


The view of the east deck on the second floor can also be enjoyed from the train.

East deck

To provide warmth to as many people as possible, the 2nd floor deck will be gently illuminated for approximately 160 meters, while avoiding the Three Cs that are strongly linked to new coronavirus infection. By creating a space that can be enjoyed from the train as well, the lights on the second floor deck will provide a relaxing and warm atmosphere for people on their way home while avoiding the Three Cs.

Decoration with illustrations by Sawako Kabuki

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    Illustration by Sawako Kabuki

In addition to the champagne gold illumination, the building will be decorated with illustrations by Sawako Kabuki, in conjunction with the movie of Akihabara UDX. Throughout the facility, you will see women in dresses and men in top hats and tuxedos dancing, as well as decorations with candy cane illustrations, to fully express this year's theme of "HAPPY WINTER ~To the world of dreams that makes your heart dance~".

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  • Let`s make a eco-friendly monument tree!
    To contribute to raising awareness of the achievement of the SDGs, a workshop will be organized where participants will make a 3.6-meter tall tree out of the plastic bottles brought by the participants. This is a fun way to get in touch with the environment and recycling. Let's make winter memories together with your family and friends! To make an eco-tree, you will fill empty plastic bottles (about 500ml) with soft balls and make the parts of an eco-tree. Then, take the parts of the tree and attach them to the frame of the tree to make a tree of 3.6m in height. You can even take home a few extra plastic bottles!
    Event Date Saturday, November 14
    Exhibition Date until Friday, December 25
    Fee Free
    Note Pre-registrations are needed.
    *Please check latest information at AKIBA ICHI web page. (Japanese Only)


The pictures everyone drew together will become alive! "Paper Application" & "Moving Stamp" Workshop!

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    The drawings you make will be made into models and driven along the tracks. This is the first ever "Paper Application" & "Moving Stamp" workshop in Japan, and the drawings can be downloaded from the website for use. *"Paper Application" is a trademark of Ricoh Company, Ltd. and is a solution for events. Contents: Drawing a picture on the special paper by using a felt-tip pen. After scanning the paper, your picture will be displayed on the monitor nearby. Download the stamp with a simple message from the special website.

Date / Time Saturday, November 14
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm (may change)
*This event ends as soon as the 400 papers run out.
Fee Free
Note Open to passersby at any time. Only 400 people on a first-come, first-served basis. *Recommended for primary school students and younger.

*For more information, please check the website.(Website

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