The Tokyo Metropolitan Government plans to decorate historical buildings and other structures with lights ahead of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in the capital, officials have said.
The metropolitan government aims to make night views in Tokyo more attractive as visitors from abroad are expected to increase before and during the games, the officials said.
In a draft strategy for the project, the metropolitan government designated three areas for large-scale displays — along the Sumida River and around Tokyo Bay, around Tokyo Station and the Imperial Palace, and around the State Guesthouse at the Akasaka Palace. The three areas are rich in nature and dotted with famous historical and cultural assets.
The draft calls for decorating public buildings, including cultural facilities, universities and government offices. Infrastructure facilities, including roads, bridges and port facilities, will be lit up as well.
The metropolitan government plans to call for cooperation from the state and Tokyo ward governments, as well as companies, to create night views in a unified style. The displays may use LEDs and projection mapping.
After a public comment period, the metropolitan government will finalize the plan as early as March. Potential impacts from the displays on local residents will also be taken into consideration.
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