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Edo Tokyo Art Illumination Exhibition

As the winter nights grow longer, the streets of Tokyo glow brighter, with colorful lights adorning streetlamps, trees and buildings.

If you are looking for something a bit more dramatic that won't leave you exposed to the chilly air, look no further than the Edo Cultural Complex (Edocco), a multi-purpose building on the grounds of Kanda Myojin Shrine.

The basement floor, known as Edocco Studio, will serve as a gallery of various bright structures that depict a story inspired by the life of Kira Kozunosuke, the deadly foe of the 47 ronin, legendary masterless samurai out for vengeance. It's all part of the Edo Tokyo Art Illumination Exhibition, held until Feb. 9.

The 65-day festival is produced by the Japan Art Illumination Expo, which has showcased light installations created by domestic artists at London's Hyper Japan convention, and includes a number of elaborate artworks that feature unique fixtures, such as fūrin (wind chimes), kirie (cut-paper pictures) and kokeshi dolls, to name a few.

Visitors can also see a huge nebuta (traditional float from Aomori Prefecture) based on the villainous Kozunosuke. If you are lucky, you may even get to switch on its lights using cutting-edge technology. (Yuki Yamauchi)