Light Up Together 2020
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Boats in Tokyo Bay are all lighting up at night to bring a little joy amid pandemic

Water taxis, ferries and even traditional yakatabune party boats have all turned on their lights to cheer up the city
Written by
Kaila Imada

If you missed the Tokyo landmarks lighting up blue every night in support of medical personnel fighting Covid-19 coronavirus – the campaign ended on May 6 – it’s time to turn your attention to Tokyo Bay. 

On Thursday July 9, boats near the city all turned on their lights at the same time, like floating candles in the bay. The project, known as ‘Light up Together! Kindle a light of hope’, was started by a group of shipping operators, event organisers and eateries which have all been hit hard by the pandemic. The evening light-up has been illuminating the harbour over the past few months, with boats including water taxis, cruisers and even traditional yakatabune party boats gathering to light up the night.

The most recent event featured approximately 20 boats gathered in the Port of Tokyo, all of which turned their lights on simultaneously at 7.30pm. Business has been quite slow for many of these vessel operators, but the organisers hope that lighting up the water will bring a bit of fun and whimsy back to the city. 

There’s no word yet on when the next light-up will be, but keep an eye on the project’s official website or Facebook page for updates.

For tips on how to go out safely in Tokyo, or anywhere for that matter, read our guide.

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