I missed last year's Christmas Illumination lighting in Tokyo Midtown, so I decided to go this year's. It's more than likely that it will be the same. The only difference is the weather maybe freezing cold. It's better than having it to rain I suppose. As it turned out, the weather was perfect. No rain was forecast; the temperature wasn't as cold either.

My plan was to get there in a decent time before they turn on the lights. There is a spot I wanted to camp out to shoot the video from start to finish. However, it seems they have blocked off that area for whatever reason. The area I was referring to was on top of the stairs on the pedestrian bridge next to the elevator. They may have blocked it off since last year's lighting. Instead, I just stood along with the rest of the crowds with my XZ-1 camera and my mini tripod held up high for 7 minutes straight. I was disappointed with my new XZ-1 camera shooting in video mode. As you can see from my final video editing of the Christmas Illumination lighting, the camera went out of focus several times. Time for a better one. We still have about a week left before Christmas.

We didn't stay long. As expected, it was more or less the same as any other year. My main purpose to go to Midtown in the first place was to have a family dinner at Outback Steak House. Blooming onion was on my mind for over a month. De·li·cious...

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