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Photo: Tokyo Skytree/Twitter; Komazawa Olympic Park/Twitter

Tokyo landmarks light up in blue every night to honour medical personnel fighting the coronavirus

These include the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Olympic Memorial Tower and Tokyo Skytree

Tabea Greuner

Tokyo has decided to follow the lead of London and New York by lighting up its iconic city landmarks in blue as a show of gratitude and support to heroic medical staff who are on the frontline tackling the Covid-19 coronavirus.

If you happen to be nearby, keep an eye out for these buildings as they are sporting a blue glow from around 7pm daily until May 6: the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku; the Olympic Memorial Tower at Komazawa Olympic Park in Setagaya; Tokyo SkytreeTokyo TowerRainbow Bridge; and the NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building in Sendagaya. 

The international campaign, known as #LightItBlue, originated in the UK, specifically on March 26, when over 130 buildings were lit up in blue to honour the country's National Health Service (NHS). The campaign adopted the colour blue from the NHS logo, and has since spread from the UK to the US, Spain, and now Japan.

It may be difficult to spot when looking up the massive tower from the ground, but Tokyo Skytree has also incorporated a message to encourage Tokyoites: ‘Together we can all win!’.

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