People who took in the evening celebrations marking the reopening of the Tokyo Station building in September saw a dazzling array of 3-D images on the outer walls.

From a steam locomotive spewing smoke that appeared as if it was about to leap from the renovated building to huge musical instruments, including trumpets and drums, that undulated as if they were alive, the images turned the station building into an animated canvas.

The visual effects were created with a technique called "projection mapping," an imaging process gaining wide attention in the arts, entertainment, advertising and other industries worldwide.